New York City’s Arabic Dual-Language Program Is Thriving

P.S./I.S. 30 Mary White Ovington School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn hosts New York City’s only Arabic dual-language program. From pre-K to 5th grade, and soon 8th grade, it is always a joy to see the children flourish in two languages. After several months of extensive collaboration and planning, the Arabic dual-language program at P.S./I.S.30 opened its doors in September 2013. The dual-language curriculum was designed as a split day, where morning classes are taught in Arabic and afternoon classes in English, or vice versa.

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Inauguration of New Mural by French Artist Hervé Tullet at P.S 84

French artist Hervé Tullet has done it again! This time he has touched two school communities in Manhattan: P.S. 84 The Lillian Weber School of the Arts and Lafayette Academy (M.S. 256). Both schools boast a French dual-language program and now a beautiful collection of artworks painted by the entire community. Even an entire wall was unveiled, showing the impact of art in getting a community closer together.

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Multilingual Education Fair in Washington, DC

I am thrilled to keynote during DC’s upcoming Multilingual Education Fair on January 26. Co-sponsored by the key education institutions of the District, the fair features 100 exhibitors covering 12 languages to allow you to explore and deepen your linguistic and cultural skills, and learn about careers where language skills are crucial.
The Fair will be located on the Gallaudet University campus at the I. King Jordan Student Academic Center (800 Florida Ave NE, Washington DC 20002).

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Book Release Die bilinguale revolution

Join me on Tuesday January 8, 2019 for the book launch of Die bilingualerevolution, Zweisprachigkeit und die Zukunft der Bildung at the Goethe Institute of NewYork.

The book will be available for purchase and I will sign copies.
All net proceeds of the evening will support the German Dual Language Program at P.S. 18 Edward Bush located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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[FR] Episode 2 : Les mystères du cerveau bilingue avec Ana Inès Ansaldo

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“Révolution Bilingue”, le podcast mensuel produit par French Morning et présenté par Fabrice Jaumont, s’intéresse ce mois-ci au cerveau. Depuis une dizaine d’années, les recherches sur les effets du bilinguisme sur notre lobe frontal ont beaucoup progressé.

Fabrice Jaumont reçoit Ana Ines Ansaldo, qui non seulement parle cinq langues, mais est aussi et surtout une des chercheuses les plus réputées sur cette question. Dans son laboratoire de l’Université de Montréal elle a notamment montré que les bilingues résistent mieux au vieillissement que les monolingues.

Les controverses scientifiques sur les effets réels du bilinguisme sur le cerveau sont encore nombreuses, mais, grâce aux travaux de chercheurs comme le professeur Ansaldo, un consensus se dégage pour considérer que le bilinguisme donne des avantages cognitifs qui vont bien au-delà de la seule maîtrise de deux ou plusieurs langues.

Vous pouvez écouter le podcast ici ou l’écouter sur itunes Podcast.

Book Talk at NYU’s Institute of French Studies

I enjoyed this talk with the students of the Institute of French Studies at New York University. I was invited by Prof. Frédéric Viguier who is encouraging his students to look into bilingual education and the impact it can have on various linguistic communities. The students asked lots of questions on my personal and professional trajectory, on the boom of French dual-language programs in New York, and on the diversity of the city’s French-speaking community. I couldn’t help but see future teachers for the ever-expanding French dual-language schools.

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