Month: March 2012

No Dual Language Program for My Son!

I just finished reading an articleon a wonderful site titled No Dual Language Immersion School for My Son’ http://spanglishbaby.com/2012/03/no-dual-language-immersion-school-for-my-son-yet/ This mother, a Colombian born like me, just heard that her son didn’t make the lottery for the Dual language-two way school in California. I felt so sad because I remember being at that moment 5…

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Links to Academic Articles in Bilingual Development

Bilingualism in infancy: first steps in perception and comprehension Janet F. Werker and Krista Byers-Heinlein in Trends in Cognitive Sciences Journal 2008. Bilingual language learning: An ERP study relating early brain responses to speech, language input, and later word production by Adrian Garcia-Sierraa, Maritza Rivera-Gaxiolaa, Cherie R. Percaccioa, Barbara T. Conboyb, Harriett Romoc, Lindsay Klarmana,…

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Bilingualism Matters according to Latest Research in the NY Times

This New York Times article by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee provides a summary of a variety of research evidence on the benefits of bilingualism. The author summarizes research benefits in young children and the elderly and provides a new way to see bilingualism as an edge! Benefits include: Better cognitive skills in general Better/improved executive functioning Larger…

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SMART RTI- What is that anyway?

In this post I would like to describe what is SMART RTI and the latest research from its authors as to how to continue improving RTI in school district and schools. As I sat in my office this morning, I opened the most recent issue of the special education journal Exceptional Children and found SMART…

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