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 […]

How can we support kids in learning more than one language?

Those who know more than one language have a competitive edge. The LEAF Project, CC BY-SA Ester J de Jong, University of Florida There is little doubt that knowing more than one language carries tremendous advantages. Young bilinguals are known to be flexible thinkers and better problem solvers. They have a competitive edge in the […]

Learning Language Through Routines/ Aprender lenguaje por rutinas.

We use the same vocabulary over and over again with our children through the practice of daily routines such as eating, brushing teeth, and bed time.  This constant repetition of vocabulary with routine concepts make daily routines a perfect format for introducing language learning. Reto Bilingüe and Mama Lingua have joined forces to provide online content to help […]

Bilingual babies are better at detecting musical sounds, research shows

Exposing babies to multiple languages can help them detect differences in musical sounds from an early age. Written by: Liquan Liu, Western Sydney University Exposure to multiple languages may sharpen infants’ music sensitivity in the first year after birth, new research has found. Compared to infants learning one language (monolinguals), those who grow up with more […]

Bilinguals: The Talented Workforce for the 21st Century

Human Capital Investment: Employees who speak more than one language are becoming increasingly important in our workforce.  A recent report by New American Economy shows that the demand for bilingual jobs posted on online search engines have more than doubled over the past 5 years.  The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that Translators and Interpreters will […]

You too could be multilingual – it’s just about unlocking the skills inside

Christopher Timothy McGuirk, University of Central Lancashire Think back to when you first started learning a foreign language. For many readers it was probably French, German or Spanish at school. I was one of those considered lucky enough to be “good at languages” and I studied all three. Like me though, I imagine you can […]