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A Buffet of Bilingual Glossaries

November 14th, 2019 · No Comments

When parents, faculty and administrators gathered for today’s Raising Multilinguals: How? workshop, they enjoyed a buffet of samosas, sushi, mangoes with sticky rice—and bilingual glossaries.

The glossaries, organized by school subject and division (elementary, middle, high) are downloadable from the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and Transformation in Schools, New York University. They come in many ISB languages.

Bilingual glossaries can help students and families discuss schoolwork in their native tongue(s), one of many language-rich experiences discussed at Raising Multilinguals: How?.

At this workshop, presenters defined a language-rich experience as “any experience where opportunities to use language are created and nurtured.” Participants explored ways to transform everyday experiences—from discussing homework to texting to waiting in traffic—into language-rich moments. Small groups considered ways to infuse speaking, listening, reading, and/or writing into different scenarios, and they pondered ways to have conversations that nurture language growth. Finally, everyone affirmed the importance of reading aloud in one’s native language(s).

If you missed last month’s Raising Multilinguals workshop or today’s Raising Multilinguals: How? workshop, feel free to email us for information: nativelanguage@isb.ac.th

Meanwhile, do sample the bilingual glossaries online! Click on Bilingual Glossaries under Bookmarks at the right side of this blog.

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Raising Multilinguals “How?” A Followup Workshop

October 17th, 2019 · No Comments

How can parents nurture native language besides speaking it with their children and enrolling them in classes? Find out by joining us on November 14 for the workshop Raising Multilinguals How? Unlocking the World Through Language-Rich Experiences.

In this workshop, a followup to Raising Multilinguals, we will explore how families can promote literacy (reading and writing) and rich conversation, in support of the family language plan.

Parents of students in PreK through Grade 12 are welcome! The workshop will be held in the MS/HS Library’s Literary Lounge. If you have questions, please write: nativelanguage@isb.ac.th

Tags: Family Language Plan · Mother tongue at home · Parent Workshops

Raising Multilinguals, an Annual Parent Workshop

October 11th, 2019 · No Comments

Raising Multilinguals: Unlocking the World with a Family Language Plan

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 7:45-9:15 a.m. in MPB 1, ISB faculty and administrators will offer a workshop for parents from all divisions (ES, MS, HS) about maintaining students’ native languages while they also study in English at ISB. This will be similar to the Raising Multilinguals workshop offered in prior years, and is especially useful for new families. 

At this workshop, faculty and administrators will:

  • Present reasons to maintain native language, based on research
  • Describe language classes and resources available at ISB
  • Discuss the importance of making a family language plan

Please join us! Parents of students in PreK through Grade 12 are welcome. For further information, please email: nativelanguage@isb.ac.th

Tags: Family Language Plan · Parent Workshops

Happy International Mother Language Day 2019!

February 21st, 2019 · No Comments

“We need to take care of our languages just like we take care of a garden.” With these words, librarian Nat Whitman showed a Grade 1 class several books authored in their native languages, and asked staff member Khun Jeab to read a book aloud in Thai. Down the hall, teachers, parents, and students wrote “good luck” phrases in their languages—from Slovak (above) to Portuguese and Tagalog (below)—on a large chalkboard. These were just two observances of International Mother (Native) Language Day 2019 at ISB.

International Mother Language Day is a day to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The UN reports that at least 43 percent of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Every two weeks a language disappears, taking with it a way of knowing.

To affirm the importance of native languages, ISB hosted a Raising Multilinguals followup workshop for parents in all divisions, in which participants (some shown below) discussed ways to offer children language-rich experiences.

ISB staff also affirmed languages with a display in the MS/HS Library, images in the High School student bulletin, and a Facebook post showcasing several Native Language classes. We applaud them!

Happy International Mother (Native) Language Day!

Tags: Native Language at ISB · Parent Workshops

Raising Multilinguals “How?” A Followup Workshop

February 5th, 2019 · No Comments

How can parents nurture native language besides speaking it with their children and enrolling them in classes? Find out by joining us on February 21 for a new workshop: Raising Multilinguals How? Unlocking the World Through Language-Rich Experiences.

In this workshop, a followup to Raising Multilinguals, we will explore how families can promote literacy (reading and writing) and rich conversation, in support of the family language plan.

Parents of students in PreK through Grade 12 are welcome. The workshop will be held in the MS/HS Library’s Literary Lounge. February 21 is also International Mother (Native) Language Day, so mark your calendar and join us to celebrate! If you have questions, please write: nativelanguage@isb.ac.th

Tags: Family Language Plan · Mother tongue at home · Parent Workshops

Raising Multilinguals, an Annual Parent Workshop

January 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

Please join us on Thursday, January 24,  2019, from 7:45-9:15 a.m. in MPB 1 at the top of the Zigag, for a parent workshop called Raising Multilinguals: Unlocking the World with a Family Language Plan. Open to parents in all divisions (ES, MS, and HS), this annual workshop focuses on maintaining students’ native languages while they also study in English at ISB. It is especially useful to new families. More details are here.

Tags: Parent Workshops

Raising Multilinguals, an ISB Parent Workshop

January 29th, 2018 · No Comments

Raising Multilinguals poster (1)

Please join us on Thursday, February 1,  from 7:45-9:15 a.m. in MPB 1 at the top of the Zigag, for a parent workshop called Raising Multilinguals: Unlocking the World with a Family Language Plan. Open to parents in all divisions (ES, MS, and HS), this workshop will focus on maintaining students’ native languages while they also study in English at ISB. Join us! More details are here.

Tags: Family Language Plan · Native Language and Education · Parent Workshops