Edweek’s Corey Mitchell has written another outstanding article surrounding dual language education in the United States. This article, though brief, highlights six key insights for dual language schools as voiced by dual language experts from across the country.The interviews, conducted with experts such as David Rogers, executive director of Dual Language Education of New Mexico, … Continue reading Six Key Questions to Consider When Implementing Dual Language Programs
Written by journalist Kashmira Gander, a recent article from NewsWeek details the importance of bilingual education for cognitive development. While we are all familiar with the cognitive benefits of bilingualism, which include delaying diseases like Alzheimer’s, this article suggests that cognitive benefits stem from turning “off” one language rather than turning “on” the second language. … Continue reading Turning “Off” Language? A Study on Cognitive Development
Translanguaging was featured prominently at the 2018 Summer Academy when several breakout sessions and lunch meetings were offered to discuss research on the topic and ideas for incorporating translanguaging into instruction. A recent article in Language Magazine explores this concept further through the research of Dr. Laura Hamman, classroom teacher Emeline Beck, and educator Aubrey Donaldson. Their examination of … Continue reading Three Principles of Translanguaging: A Resource for TWIN-CS
The Boston College community is pleased to welcome James Martin, SJ to campus to deliver the inaugural Daniel J. Harrington SJ lecture. The First Annual Harrington lecture is named for Father Harrington, who taught classes on the New Testament at Boston College and Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Father Martin published a kind remembrance of Father … Continue reading Join the Conversation: James Martin SJ returns to Boston College
Leon Panetta, former Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense, has written an article for the San Francisco Chronicle detailing the importance of language acquisition going forward for the United States. According to the article, “Americans are losing out because so few speak a second language,” creating a “dangerous myopia” in which we are … Continue reading Avoiding a Dangerous Myopia: Importance of Being Bilingual
New America, a non-partisan think tank, discusses the National Center for Education Statistics’ most recent study on the educational experience of dual language learners (DLLs) in kindergarten. The study, titled “English Language Program Participation Among Students in the Kindergarten Class of 2010–11: Spring 2011 to Spring 2012,” is written by Jeremy Redford of the American … Continue reading A New Study on Dual Language Learners in Kindergarten: Why Do We Sacrifice Home Language?
Colorín Colorado has refurbished its resource page for English Language Learner (ELL) educators for the upcoming academic year! The resource page features articles, blog posts, guides, toolkits, book recommendations, recent research, and related videos which promote collaboration between ELL colleagues and administrators, and discuss the best tactics to inspire partnership. One such example of encouraging … Continue reading Resources and Advocacy: Supporting ELL/DUal Language Teachers
An article recently published by the Language Magazine and authored by Dr. Simona Montanari details the profound effect one school district has had on the state of California. Benjamin Franklin Magnet School, a school located in the Glendale Unified School District in Southern California, is a dual language school environment which teaches all subjects in … Continue reading Heritage language learners: rediscovering heritage