Bilingual is Better

Lori Langer de Ramirez

Bilingual educator who began her career as a teacher of Spanish, French and ESL. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently the Chairperson of the ESL and World Language Department for Herricks Public Schools, New York. Lori is the author of Take Action: Lesson Plans for the Multicultural Classroom and Voices of Diversity: Stories, Activities and Resources for the Multicultural Classroom, as well as several Spanish-language books and texts. Her interactive website ( offers teachers over 40 virtual picture books and other curricular materials for teaching Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish and Thai.  Her areas of research and curriculum development are multicultural and diversity education, folktales in the language classroom and technology in language teaching.

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Ask An Expert: What Can I Do For My Four-Year-Old Daughter To Become Fluent in Spanish?


I’m trying to raise bilungual kids as well. I have a 4yr old daughter and a 1yr old son. I feel likeRead More ...

Ask An Expert: I am not fluent in my child’s second language

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Today’s Ask an Expert question was sent in by Carly, a mother whose in a difficult situation. With a daughterRead More ...

Ask an Expert: How Can I Encourage My Child to Speak More Spanish?


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Should I Speak to My Child In a Language I’m Not a Native Of?


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Ask an Expert: Dual Language Education and Reading Skills


“Hello. My 5 yr old attends a full immersion language school and is in the Spanish program. We practice readingRead More ...

Ask an Expert: With So Much Information Out There, Where Do We Even Begin Raising Our Bilingual Child?

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“Hola. My husband and I are both first generation US-born Cuban-Americans. We moved away from all of our spanish speakingRead More ...

Ask an Expert: What is a good teacher to student ratio for a Dual Language program?


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Ask an Expert: What is a good bilingual resource for homeschooling moms?

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One of the biggest challenges for bilingual homeschooling families is the lack of resources and support systems. Today’s Ask anRead More ...

Ask an Expert: Can you suggest Spanish language books for elementary-age kids?


The topic of reading in Spanish to our kids is always a loved one. Today’s Ask an Expert is anRead More ...

Ask an Expert: How Can I Teach My Kids to Read in Spanish?


This week’s Ask an Expert question was sent in by Leticia and I am so happy she did because IRead More ...

Ask an Expert: How to create a perceived need for Spanish in our family?


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Ask an Expert: I want my child to learn three languages at the same time


Today on Ask an Expert we´re trying out something for the first time: We gave two bilingual experts the sameRead More ...

Ask an Expert:How Can I encourage my 11 and 9 year olds to speak Spanish?

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No matter which method we´re using to raise our children bilingually, we all know that once the majority language takesRead More ...

Ask an Expert: Moving and Need to Learn English ASAP


Before diving into today’s Ask an Expert I want to thank those of you that are already participating in ourRead More ...

Ask an Expert: Which Language Should We Use?


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