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International Mother Language Day Statement

As much as these divisive times concern advocates of multiculturalism and human rights, so too do they concern linguists and educators. With the rise of populist nationalism, the threat of walls between sovereign neighbours, religious profiling, and suspicion of regional integration, we worry what this political milieu means for migrant and Indigenous languages. Language is, after all, a salient index of culture. An assault on cultural diversity and celebrations of difference are synonymous with an assault on linguistic diversity. The question is whether minority communities, whose language and culture differ from the mainstream but who are rightfully accepted as new migrants and citizens,

Why are we talking about international mindedness and global citizenship without talking about langu

This is not a regularly scheduled post (which I do every two weeks) but rather an intruder, in the form of what perhaps could be called a rant... I attend quite a few conferences, both academic and practice-related, for the purposes of sharing knowledge and continuing my own learning. Over the last year I've had the opportunity to speak at four international-school industry conferences, on various topics pertaining to languages in international schools. Last March, the academic and practice sides of my world collided in a way which has required some deep-thinking, and that process came to a head at the AAIE Leadership conference in New York last week. In March 2017 I was compiling the data f

Building better bilingual programmes

There is a rising interest in bilingual education in both international education and national education, in a variety of forms. For the most part, this means introducing English earlier in non-English speaking areas, but this is (thankfully) not the only new iteration of bilingual programmes. While this is a positive step forward in recognising that education does not need to be monolingual, it is important to consider what the desired outcomes are for any programme calling itself bilingual. What is Bilingual Education? There are three main aspects to bilingual education. The first is how much teaching is done in each language, the second is what kind of teaching is done in each language,

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