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 […]

What does Bilingualism have to do with STEAM?

Next month, November 12 from 12 pm – 4pm, Think Bilingual Austin, in partnership with AISD, will be hosting Austin’s first Bilingual “STEAM” event. “STEAM” as a common acronym that refers to disciplines related to science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.  However, the word “STEAM” also refers to power and energy (like in steam engine). […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]