I was honored to receive the 2019 NY BilingualFair Leader Award. Congrats to fellow award recipients Maria Jaya, Jane Ross, Li Yan, Mariam Moustafa, Mino Lora. Thank you Emmanuel Saint-Martin, French Morning, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, NYC Councilman Mark D. Levine for a successful edition.Continue reading
I have been fortunate to have had several of my books illustrated by the New York-based French artist, Raymond Verdaguer. I have always been inspired by his work and the beauty of his art. This blog post seeks to present this artist’s unique technique and approach, and encourage readers to pay closer attention to his work.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Early January, I launched the German version of The Bilingual Revolution, Die bilinguale revolution, Zweisprachigkeit und die Zukunft der Bildung, at the Goethe-Institut in New York. As most of parents in New York were registering their children to the Kindergarten classes, it was the occasion to speak about the German Dual Language Program at P.S. 18 Edward Bush located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The net proceeds from the evening were donated to the school’s emerging dual-language program.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Sylvia Wellhoëfer is a German mom I met a few years ago in Brooklyn. With a group of parents she created NYC’s first German dual-language program and she was the inspiration for my chapter on German in my book, The Bilingual Revolution. One thing leading to another, we are launching this book’s German version at Goethe-Institut New York on January 8 (see Book release of Die bilinguale revolution). I am pretty sure this will trigger many more good things here and in Germany.
Book cover credit: Raymond Verdaguer