How to use Project Based Learning to be Bilingual

Last school year, my daughter’s English studies were based on Project Based Learning (PBL) whereas her Spanish studies were based on traditional methods.  Over the course of the academic year, I discovered that my daughter found the English project based work more challenging but much more rewarding.  She really felt she was learning a lot, […]

Please Read!…To be Bilingual.

In the mornings before school and in the evenings following dinner I make sure to speak to my daughter in Spanish, our second language.  At the end of the day, I pat myself on the back and tell myself that I am doing a good job at keeping Spanish relevant and constant in my daughter’s […]

Bilingual Theater Productions Matter

This past weekend, I took my 6 year old daughter to see the new children’s bilingual play Cenicienta at the Zach Theatre, made in collaboration with Vivo Teatro.  Each time I glanced at her throughout the performance I could tell that my daughter thoroughly was enjoying the play.  The story line had clearly captivated her.  […]

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 […]