Dual Language Programs Explained

Submitted by Deborah C. Trejo, Bilingual Parent/Lawyer/Former Bilingual Educator   What are Dual Language Programs? Dual language is a form of education in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages. They are considered  “additive” bilingual programs because they “add” a second academic language for students, instead of trying to extinguish a minority language […]

Is the Hype on Bilingualism Valid?

Is the Hype on Bilingualism Valid? Headlines on the benefits of Bilingualism have been prolific over the past few years. Such benefit claims include that bilinguals are better at multitasking, smarter and have better executive functioning.”  So, when I heard NPR’s recent segment that highlighted the inconsistencies in the studies examining the benefits of bilingualism, […]

Why are Bilinguals Bilingual?

Just as important as how one becomes bilingual is why people become bilingual in the first place.  With over half the world’s population being bilingual, let’s stop and ask why are bilinguals bilingual?  Of course, research has recently shown us the wonderful cognitive and social benefits of being bilingual; yet most of the world’s bilinguals […]