I was thrilled to chat with Maria-Cristina Necula during this interview for Woman Around Town where we touched on the benefits of language learning both personally and globally, and why we should encourage our children to become multilingual. Maria-Cristina is a true example of this: She speaks six languages, two of which she honed at the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Vienna, and she holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from The Graduate Center. Woman Around Town was founded by Debra Toppeta and Charlene Giannetti to help other women — natives and recent arrivals — get the best out of New York and Washington, D.C. Read the interview here.
Over 1200 people participated in the Multilingual Education Fair of Washington, DC last Saturday at Gallaudet University. The event attracted families, educators, students, employers, job-seekers, and language enthusiasts looking to impact their lives through language and culture. Over 100 exhibitors across 17 languages were present and filled the air with excitement and multilingual buzzing.Continue reading
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).
I was honored to deliver a keynote speech during Language Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. I shared my views on language education and the potential of dual-language immersion programs for our societies.
Monolingualism can be cured. It is the illiteracy of the 21st century. Being bilingual is the new norm and it must start with our youngest citizens by affording them with as many advantages as possible. Bilingual education is a universal good that should be offered to everyone. Dual-language education is a pathway to respect, tolerance, and mutual understanding in our shrinking world.
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
Back from DC where I proudly supported the efforts of DC Immersion and its wonderful team in what is now referred to as the Bilingual Revolution in DC. During these three days, I took part in no less than 9 events and talked about my book, the role of parents in creating dual language programs, and how these could benefit DC public schools. I stopped by in all 8 Wards and met with community leaders, elected officials, motivated parents, and bilingual educators, while explaining how NYC parents and educators have created new dual language programs in a dozen of languages.
Join me at one of the following events that will happen in New York City, Boston, and Washington! I will present my new book The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages, discuss dual-language program development with great moderators and, sign copies at each event! See you there! Continue reading
Mark your calendar! I will be joining DC Language Immersion Program in Washington DC on October 20th, 21st and 22nd for a series of multilingual series of family-friendly events held in schools, book stores, art centers, playgrounds and private homes in every ward of the District!
It will be the occasion to speak about my new book “The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages” (TBR Books, 2017) and share the successes and challenges of New York City’s communities in their quest for dual language programs.