European Priorities and the Potential of Multilingual Education

On September 26 –the European Day of Languages set to help raise awareness for multilingualism in Europe– I was invited to Brussels for the 2nd European Education Summit and presented a U.S. perspective on the growth and potential of dual-language education, particularly as European nations seek to adopt new educational approaches to educating the youth while accepting more immigrant families into their school systems.

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Families in Global Transition

 

Families in Global Transition is a welcoming forum for globally mobile individuals, families, and those working with them. This nonprofit organization promotes cross-sector connections for sharing research and developing best practices that support the growth, success and well-being of people crossing cultures around the world. I was invited to give a presentation about bilingual education and my vision for a future of education in two languages.

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[FR] Épisode 5 : Joseph Dunn, porte-drapeau du français en Louisiane

Dans l’épisode 5 du podcast “Révolution Bilingue”, je m’intéresse à la langue française en Louisiane.

Si le français revit ces dernières années en Louisiane, on le doit notamment à Joseph Dunn, qui se bat depuis des années, avec d’autres, pour le bilinguisme et la défense du français. Lorsque la Louisiane est entrée dans l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie l’an dernier, “mon rêve est devenu réalité” dit-il.

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Entre Dos Podcast Features the Bilingual Revolution

I was invited to speak on Entre Dos, a podcast created by Monika Leal and Paula Niño Kehr, both native Spanish speakers raising bilingual daughters. Each week, they bring stories of real families, conversations with experts, important research and resources to inspire and help their readers raise their bilingual child.

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The Bilingual Revolution Reviewed by Kathleen Stein-Smith

Cover Art by Raymond Verdaguer

Here is a recent review of my book, The Bilingual Revolution, The Future of Education is in Two Languages, written by Kathleen Stein-Smith, Chair of the AATF Commission on Advocacy, for the Global Studies Literature Review, published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

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[DE] Buchvorstellung von Die bilinguale Revolution am Goethe-Institut

credit: Goethe-Institut

Anfang Januar habe ich am Goethe-Institut in New York die deutsche Version von The Bilingual Revolution vorgestellt, Die bilinguale revolution, Zweisprachigkeit und die Zukunft der Bildung. Da die meisten Eltern in New York ihre Kinder in den Kindergartenklassen anmeldeten, bot es sich an, über das deutsche zweisprachige Programm an der P.S. 18 Edward Bush in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) zu sprechen. Der Nettoerlös des Abends wurde an das aufstrebende zweisprachige Programm der Schule gespendet.

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The Boom of Multilingual Education in China

Multilingual education is booming in China, and the sector’s growth prospect for international languages is absolutely stunning. Thanks to Jacqueline Plessis and Wanling Liang, the educational team of the French Embassy in Beijing, I had several interesting exchanges with two Chinese experts on language education whom agreed to be interviewed for my podcast Révolution bilingue:
– Mr. Yu Zhonggen, Professor of English at Tsinghua University whose domain of research is English as a second language;
– Mrs. Zhu Yanhua, Professor in Human Sciences at Beijing Language and Culture University, whose domain of research is the Sino-Tibetan family, and the situation of cross-border languages, particularly the comparison between Chinese and Tibetan.

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Creating a Support Base for P.S. 147’s Japanese Dual-Language Program

With Yukari Levine, Kayo Kudo and Akiko Iwakawa-Grieve

As discussed in my book The Bilingual Revolution, a critically important task for parents engaged in their school’s dual-language program is to create a support base in the community, such as influential individuals, business leaders, elected officials, and supportive organizations. These include local and global businesses, embassies and consulates, cultural centers serving a language or a country, foundations with a focus on education or community development, tourism offices, chambers of commerce that serve businesses from two or more countries, and heritage and cultural societies and federations.

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