UNESCO celebrated International Mother Language Day this week along with educators and government leaders worldwide, highlighting the importance of multilingualism and learning in the mother tongue. Irina Bokova, UNESCO director-general, said this year’s theme, ‘Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education’, provided an opportunity to mobilise for the Sustainable Development Goals, “in particular, SDG 4: to ensure inclusive and.. read more →

Classrooms today are becoming increasingly diverse. Children from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds bring so much color and depth to the classroom. But a number of challenges can also emerge when working with students who speak different languages. How do you address the needs of multilingual learners when they are developing emergent literacy skills in.. read more →

Learning new words can be a challenge for any preschooler, but kids who take naps may have an advantage when it comes to developing language skills, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed 39 youngsters who were all 3 years old and found those who napped after learning new verbs had a better understanding of the.. read more →

Brenda Medina spends most of her time in the classroom translating lessons for her Corpus Christi ISD fourth-graders into English and Spanish because half her 20 students speak English and the other half need extra bilingual support. A nine-year veteran, Medina is part of an overworked force of bilingual certified educators in the state — as more.. read more →

Over the last few years, you may have noticed a surfeit of articles covering current research on bilingualism. Some of them suggest that bilingualism “sharpens the mind,” while other titles are clearly intended to provoke more doubt than confidence: “Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage?”. The pendulum swing of the news cycle reflects a real debate.. read more →

The question of the day is: Are you smart?” professor José Saldívar announced at the start of class. “Don’t just give me a yes-or-no answer. Tell me why.” Seated in a sparkling new classroom at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg campus, with rolling chairs in the school colors — blue, green and.. read more →

A new baseball in a dirty, a worn-out backpack, a stuffed toy with a bit of the store tag still attached and even a wrestling mask are among the personal belongings that may be clues to the identity of migrants who’ve been dying in South Texas. The belongings on the website “I Have a Name,.. read more →

Almost 30,000 students attend classes in the Chula Vista Elementary School District in California. The elementary school district is the largest in the state. It operates 45 schools between the city of San Diego and the United States border with Mexico.The majority of students are between five and 12 years old. The district is also.. read more →

Being bilingual has some obvious advantages. Learning more than one language enables new conversations and new experiences. But in recent years, psychology researchers have demonstrated some less obvious advantages of bilingualism, too. For instance, bilingual children may enjoy certain cognitive benefits, such as improved executive function — which is critical for problem solving and other.. read more →

It was the first day of third grade, and students at my elementary school in Redwood City had just returned from summer break. My friend Fernanda had only been in the United States for about a year, and because she struggled to speak English, I spoke to her in Spanish. Fernanda and I both stood at.. read more →