A Look Inside an Immersion Preschool

By Aileen Passariello-McAleer, Co-founder of Mama-Lingua,  An Interview with Marytere Ciccone, Co-Founder and Program Creator of INIC International Immersion Center  INIC International Immersion Center is a Spanish-immersion preschool in Austin, Texas. The school’s founder, Marytere Ciccone, has more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education and professional development for teachers. She opened INIC in […]

Why Learn Mandarin? – Parents Share Their Reasons

Last month the Austin Area Chinese Language Speech Contest, held on April 23 at Doss Elementary, brought together 5 local Chinese Mandarin language schools. Mandarin language learners competed on preparedness, pronunciation and performance in Mandarin .   The mere existence of such a contest for language learners speaks to the rapidly growing sector of Mandarin language […]

More Than Just Bilingual

I knew while pregnant that I wanted my daughter to learn a second language while young.  Yet, when I made the conscious decision to raise by daughter to be bilingual, I was unaware at the time of any studies showing cognitive benefits.   Rather, I intuitively thought about the broader social and economic benefits; the […]

Mid-March Bilingual News Roundup

Debates over bilingualism, reviews of new studies on benefits and the evolution of bilingual education are some of the many ongoing topics you will find in the news this past month.   In case you have missed them, we have included them here for you in our bilingual news roundup. CNN reporter Anna Johnson writes […]

The LIBRARY for LEARNING a LANGUAGE: materials in world languages

The library is by far one of my favorite resources for fostering bilingual education.  First and foremost, it is a free resource (or low cost resource for those who live outside the district). Secondly, it provides an assortment of materials and services important for becoming bilingual.  We encourage you to explore what your local library offers. […]

February 2016: News Roundup

February brings the Super Bowl and the Super Bowl brings great commercials! Enjoy this one with us! Bilingual Benefits: A recent Canadian study shows bilingual benefits in cognitive flexibility. A write-up in Epilepsy Today highlights a study that shows that bilingualism may protect working memory in children with epilepsy. However, the debate on whether bilingualism […]

Multicultural Events & Festivals: Top Picks for February 2016

Chinese New Year Celebrations: Celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar year, celebrations traditionally span several weeks. This centuries-old celebration is a time to honor both deities as well as ancestors. This year marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey!  Join in the celebration by attending some of these community events: Chinese […]