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Entries Tagged as 'Bilingualism'

How Bilingualism Can Boost the Brain

December 10th, 2018 · 1 Comment

Being bilingual or multilingual confers many benefits, from cultural connections to academic opportunities. In addition, research shows that it fortifies the brain, boosting grey-matter volume and white-matter integrity in areas affecting executive function: humans’ ability to control their behavior.

The cognitive benefits of bilingualism are still being studied, fuelling a debate to be featured in the Annual Review of Linguistics January 2019 issue (volume 5). Meanwhile, contributor Mark Antoniou, psycholinguist at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University, describes what IS known in this interview at Knowable Magazine. Worth a read!

Image: Results from a study measuring gray-matter volumes in bilingual or monolingual undergraduates, discussed by Mark Antoniou at Knowable Magazine, 29 November 2018.


Tags: Bilingualism · Journal articles

Planning for an IB Bilingual Diploma

September 5th, 2018 · No Comments

When making a family language plan, some ISB families include a bilingual IB diploma. This is a diploma received at the end of high school, when the student has earned a score of 3 or above in two A languages selected from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program course studies in language and/or literature.

Excelling in language and/or literature in two A/native languages is quite a challenge. Families interested in the IB bilingual diploma will want to support and maintain their children’s native language(s) from as early an age as possible; they should also reach out to the Vice Principal in the MS or the Dean of Academics in the HS regarding questions on pathways and levels of proficiency needed to support success.

Questions? Email for an introduction to a counselor, administrator, or teacher who might be able to assist you.

ISB’s most recent graduating class earned 34 bilingual diplomas, in Chinese, English, French, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish and Thai.

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12 Things Parents Raising Bilingual Children Need to Know

January 24th, 2018 · No Comments


The website Multilingual Parenting by Rita Rosenback, author of the book Bringing Up a Bilingual Child, offers practical tips for parents of bilingual and multilingual children. The site’s “12 things” post may be viewed in Italian (above) as well as English, Belarusian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian. For further resources, see the Bookmarks on the right side of this blog.

Tags: Bilingualism · Websites

TED-Ed: The Benefits of a Bilingual Brain

January 15th, 2018 · No Comments

How does knowing more than one language keep the brain healthy, complex and actively engaged? Find out in this 5-minute video, and check your understanding with a TED-Ed online quiz!

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A series of short trailers from Patchwork Films

May 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Perspectives on bilingualism / language maintenance

Tags: Bilingualism · Diversity · Mother tongue at home · Multilingualism · Native Language and Education · Native Language Teachers

Questions parents ask about raising multilingual children

May 9th, 2017 · No Comments

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Parent questions

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Mother Tongue reading box

May 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

In this Grade 3 classroom at ISB, children have access to books in their mother tongue.

MT reading

Thanks Caryn Macky

Tags: Bilingualism · Diversity · Images · Multilingualism · Native Language at ISB

Supporting mother tongue in the ES classroom

March 21st, 2017 · 2 Comments

It’s good to see teachers doing the quiet, small things that send powerful messages to kids. In this example from Grade 3, the teacher sponsors a child in a read-a-thon to read in both her languages. The learning here is multidimensional.

Mainstream teacher supporting multilingual practices

Tags: Bilingualism · Diversity · Multilingualism · Native Language and Education · Native Language at ISB

Here are the languages the world is trying to learn

March 21st, 2017 · No Comments

What languages are people learning?

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Q&A: How to support a bilingual 3-year-old learning a third language?

March 20th, 2017 · No Comments

A bilingual three year old learning a third language

Tags: Bilingualism · Mother tongue at home · Multilingualism