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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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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The Japanese-English Dual Language Program in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Multilingual kids from all socio-economic and racial backgrounds thriving in a Japanese-English dual-language program. In Bushwick! In a public school! For free!

This is a no-brainer. Dual language programs are for everyone. They should be offered everywhere. And it shouldn’t be that complicated for parents and educators to create these programs. Read more about what it took to get the program started here. And watch a few videos from the school here

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Embracing Bilingualism, A Global Perspective

It was exciting to be part in a conference on bilingualism organized by Community School District 14 Superintendent, Alicja Winnicki, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York.image

District 14 in Brooklyn is the home of numerous dual language programs including Chinese at P.S. 250, French at P.S. 110, German at P.S. 18, Japanese at P.S. 147, Polish at P.S. 34, programs which are actually featured in my book, The Bilingual Revolution. Continue reading

[video] Presentation of the Bilingual Revolution at the American Library in Paris

Last November, I presented my book The Bilingual Revolution and the importance of bilingual education at The American Library in Paris, an event co-organized with the Association of American Women in Europe. You can read about it here.

Below is the video of my talk, followed by a Q&A [in English]:

Video edited by Sabina Cristian.

“Creating a Bilingual Revolution in Our Schools,” my Interview for Liz Daly’s Culture Digest

I was interviewed earlier this Month by Elizabeth Rose Daly for her blog, Liz daly’s Culture Digest. I spoke about my new book The Bilingual Revolution, the development of dual-language programs in New York City public schools, and the various models applied by the different linguistic communities I worked with (Polish, German, Japanese, etc.). Continue reading

The Bilingual Revolution: Adopt a Translation Campaign!

Today is International Translation Day which is celebrated every year on September 30 to show solidarity of the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translation profession in different countries. This is an opportunity to display pride in a profession that is becoming increasingly essential in the era of progressing globalization.

To mark this day, I have decided to give my new book for free both in its original English and its French ebook editions for everyone who will contribute to The Bilingual Revolution’s  Adopt a Translation campaign.  The campaign’s goal is to translate The Bilingual Revolution in 8 languages: Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, and Spanish. Continue reading