The Gift of Languages

During New York’s Bilingual Fair with Kathleen Stein-Smith and our soon-to-be released book, The Gift of Languages: Paradigm Shift In Foreign Language Education. The book explores the many advantages of multilingual education and sets the stage for a new paradigm in our approach to teaching and learning languages. Also, the book touches on the issue of foreign language deficit in the United States and the changes that need to occur in our schools to better serve our children and our linguistic communities. The book also explores the growth of dual-language education in recent years and explores the connection between both multilingual programming and solving the United States’ foreign language problem. You can pre-order on http://www.tbr-books.com

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Startalk Keynote in Houston

I was thrilled to deliver the keynote speech during the STARTALK Fall Conference in Houston, Texas which was held on October 19 and 20, 2018, at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria Hotel. The STARTALK Fall 2018 Conference focused on sharing practices, innovative strategies, effective learning tools and resources, and insights uncovered by reflection practices that were experienced in various STARTALK programs.

STARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK grants fund summer world language learning programs as well as professional development programs for world language teachers. STARTALK grants support programs for students and teachers of eleven critical need languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

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Through these programs, the STARTALK program seeks to achieve three goals:
– Increase the number of students enrolled in the study of critical languages
– Increase the number of highly effective critical-language teachers in the U.S.
– Increase the number of highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of critical-need languages

My speech focused on the Bilingual Revolution and how parents and linguistic communities can play a role in creating multilingual programs in schools. After the presentation I met many interesting people who were willing to translate my book in Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish and more.

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[DE] Die bilinguale Revolution

hardcover-German2Die bilinguale Revolution (German Edition coming soon). Als ein praktisches und zugängliches Buch konzipiert, das Sie in Ihrem Projekt begleiten wird, ist Die Bilinguale Revolution die Geschichte einer in Brooklyn geborenen Bewegung, erzählt aus der Sicht von Eltern und Lehrenden die duale Sprachprogramme in ihren Schulen gegründet haben, überzeugt davon, dass bilinguale Bildung ein Allgemeingut ist, das überall angeboten werden sollte, da es ein Kind, eine Schule, ein Land positiv verwandeln kann.

[FR] Vaincre les préjugés : les filières bilingues en arabe de New York

Screen shot 2018-10-18 at 4.34.56 PMCet article, extrait de La Révolution bilingue : le futur de l’éducation s’écrit en deux langues, a été repris par The Conversation, un média en ligne d’information et d’analyse de l’actualité indépendant. Continue reading

[RU] ДВУЯЗЫЧНАЯ РЕВОЛЮЦИЯ БУДУЩЕЕ ОБРАЗОВАНИЯ НА ДВУХ ЯЗЫКАХ

9781947626102_frontcoverR1Двуязычная революция – это коллекция вдохновляющих набросков и практических советов, которая рассказывает историю родителей и педагогов, которые основали двуязычные программы в государственных школах города Нью-Йорк. Убежденные в том, что двуязычное образование – это общественное благо, которое должно быть доступно всем ученикам, эти первопроходцы показывают на собственном примере, как такие программы меняют общество, школы и даже страну к лучшему. Книга также служит инструкцией, помогающей основать билингвальную программу, и тем самым начать собственную революцию.

ДВУЯЗЫЧНАЯ  РЕВОЛЮЦИЯ: БУДУЩЕЕ ОБРАЗОВАНИЯ НА ДВУХ ЯЗЫКАХ
Автор: Фабрис Жомон (Fabrice Jaumont)
Автор предисловия Офелия Гарсиа
Перевод с английского Регина Кильдишева
Издательство TBR Books, Бруклин, Нью-Йорк
ISBN-13: 978-1-947626-10-2 (электронная книга)
ISBN-13: 978-1-947626-15-7 (Книга с мягким переплетом)