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Five Surprising Truths About Language Mixing

April 20th, 2020 · No Comments

Multilingual families sometimes worry about language mixing. Is it a problem?

Dr. Shana Poplack, founding director of the Sociolinguistics Laboratory at the University of Ottawa, suggests not. In a fascinating article for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, she shares conclusions from her research that shatter many common myths about this topic. For example, mixing languages isn’t detrimental to linguistic structure!

Dr. Poplack’s conclusions matter because, as she notes, language mixing is often stigmatized — “considered to display laziness and ignorance, when not blamed for the deterioration or even demise of one or all of the languages involved.”

Have you discovered that language mixing can be a 楽しい part of learning and life? If so, mix it up!

Tags: Journal articles · Mother tongue at home

Translanguaging in the Classroom

December 6th, 2019 · 1 Comment

The word translanguaging comes from the Welsh trawsiethu and refers to using more than one language for teaching and learning. ISB’s multilingual student body stands to benefit from translanguaging, so educators have been exploring it at several recent professional days.

Faculty study translanguaging at the All Staff Professional Day on November 15, 2019.

How might translanguaging look in an ISB classroom? This video by consultant Eowyn Crisfield offers a glimpse.

Crisfield has also published a journal article about translanguaging in international schools. 

What questions do you have about translanguaging?

Tags: Journal articles · Native Language and Education · Native Language at ISB

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

The home language advantage

March 25th, 2016 · No Comments

home language advantage

Tags: Bilingualism · Journal articles

Diversity is good for us!

March 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Research Shows Diverse Classrooms Improve Learning For Everyone

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January 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Strokes and bilinguals

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Setting up a mother tongue program

November 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Link to article

IB World magazine investigates the ways in which IB World Schools have integrated a successful Mother Tongue (MT) programme, and offers tips to help schools set up their own

This link kindly sent to us from our Head of Learning: Graeme Scott

Tags: Journal articles · Uncategorized

Supporting languages in a mainstream classroom

November 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Fostering multiliteracy

This is an article that explores how some monolingual teachers in a mainstream classrooms support diverse mother tongues

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