The true failure of foreign language instruction

The true failure of foreign language instruction Far fewer Americans speak a second language than in most other developed countries – and the problem starts in the classroom. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com Catherine Snow, Harvard University A recent report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences calls for more attention to language teaching in the U.S. The report […]

Benefits of Being Bilingual / Ventajas de ser bilingüe

  Benefits of Being Bilingual / Ventajas de ser bilingüe Contributor: Austin Independent School District.  Learn more about Dual Language Programs and Benefits of Bilingualism this weekend at the AISD Back to School Bash. La copia en español sigue abajo: Aprenden más de los programas de lenguajes duales y los beneficios del bilingüismo este fin […]

Language, Culture and Artistic Expression: Excerpts from the 2016 Bilingual STEAM Event

We were very fortunate to have two very talented multilingual performing artists perform at the 2016 Bilingual STEAM event, Julie Slim and Roberto German. Both gave their unique perspectives on the importance of being multilingual and multicultural.  They shared how being multilingual and multicultural shaped them as a person and their art.  For a glimpse of […]

Dr. Rebecca Callahan on the Importance of Bilingual & Bicultural Education_Bilingual STEAM 2016

We were very delighted to have Dr. Rebecca Callahan, Associate Professor of Bilingual Bicultural Education at UT at Austin, as our keynote speaker to start-off our Bilingual STEAM event on November 12.  Dr. Callahan provided us with insight and data on why bilingual and multicultural education is important and relevant in today’s world. For a recap […]

Educational programs that connect Spain and US

Contributed by Lisi Garcia, Founder of Infancia y Educación.  Click here for the Spanish version. Spanish is the official language in 21 countries worldwide  According to a new report “Spanish, a living language” by the Spain-based nonprofit Instituto Cervantes: There are 559 million Spanish speakersthroughout the world. Spanish is the second native language in the world by number of speakers. […]

Julie Slim, an Artist who’s Multilingual Voice Connects and Inspires

You may find yourself dancing to her heartfelt romantic jazz in French or in English or enjoying her sultry and melodic music of the Middle East in Arabic.  Whichever the language sung, the smooth and luring voice of Julie Slim evokes feelings and sensations which seem to spontaneously connect us with others and with ourselves.  As it […]

The Transformative Power of Bilingual and Multicultural Art

This powerful and compelling video delivers the words and thoughts of children from a variety of backgrounds. It also serves to remind us that it is for these and all children we seek bilingual and multicultural programs to bridge and build our society rather than to divide and destroy. Creative Action, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit is our contributor […]

The Importance of Building a Diverse Community – Bilingualism and Multiculturalism

Being part of a community is essential to being human. Most people are involved in a number of different communities such as those related to neighborhood, school, family or religion.  As a community, we come together to fellowship and to support something we value and share in common.  Hence, the shared goal of pursuing bilingualism and […]