All posts tagged: bilingual

This I Believe: Change is possible now

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Collective Impact / Diverse Schools / Eisenhower Fellowship / Equity / Language education

When invited to talk about the importance of a multilingual America, I’m the last person that anyone expects to see walk up to the podium.  As a Black American with unaccented English, people are surprised to learn that I grew up in a language-minority community in the US.  My family is frequently stopped and asked what language we’re speaking and what country we’re from.  By now, my children (11 and 7) are accustomed to these […]

One Good Question with Karen Beeman: How Biliteracy Supports Social Justice for All

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Education Equity / Language education / One Good Question

This post is part of a series of interviews with international educators, policy makers, and leaders titled “One Good Question.”  These interviews provide answers to my One Good Question (outlined in About) and uncover new questions about education’s impact on the future. Karen Beeman provides national professional development for teachers and administrators in bilaterally and bilingual education.  Karen is co-author, along with Cheryl Urow, of Teaching for Biliteracy: Strengthening Bridges Between Languages. “Voy a una party con mi […]

Is academic language enough? Social capital and minority languages

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Language education / Questions

When I first listened to Suzanne Talhouk’s Tedx Talk “Don’t Kill Your Language,” I selected the Brazilian Portugese subtitles.  I have been learning Portuguese for the past three months and it made sense to practice my reading comprehension.  But I mostly chose Portuguese because, of the 28 subtitles possible, my heritage language, French, wasn’t an option.  What an ironic way to begin a reflection on the importance of language protectionism! As a language advocate, I’m accustomed to […]

Do struggling learners belong in language immersion programs?

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Language education

Yes.  But what about the students who have weak L1 skills?  Them too.  Our students in poverty don’t have the home supports to be successful in language immersion.  Isn’t this a hardship for them? Nope.  These students need longer time to get academic concepts, won’t language immersion delay them in comparison to their peers?  Uh, still no. Academic conferences are typically places to validate our perspectives, and, when we least expect it, really challenge our […]