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. […]

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 […]

How do children learn a second language?

Posted by Elizabeth García. Infancia y Educación FACTORS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS OF LEARNING A SECOND LANGUAGE (when the learners are children  ) Spanish It is clear the importance it has acquired learning a second language. Since the sixties, numerous scientific publications have empirically tested benefits about begin learning a second language in an early age. Authors […]

Choosing the Right Bilingual Program: Organizational Structure

The Importance of Evaluating the Organizational Structure of Bilingual Educational Programs You like the bilingual teacher/s (see part 2) and  the curriculum (see part 1) used at a particular bilingual program.  Satisfied with both, you are now ready to enroll your child or yourself in the bilingual educational program.  But wait!  What do you know about the organizational structure […]

Choosing the Right Bilingual Program: Teachers

Choosing the right bilingual program for you or your family can feel a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, more options are slowly becoming available with the increase in dual language programs, after-school language programs and camps.  This series of posts addresses important attributes to consider when choosing a bilingual program.  In the most recent post we focused […]

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, […]