Speak your home language with your child whenever you can! It can actually HELP them learn English and other subjects and it connects them to your culture. Your child’s success begins at home – with you!
For English learners, continuing to speak their home languages helps them learn English!
More than 1 in 5 people (21%+) speak a language other than English at home – and that percentage is rising!
Bilingualism is a brain advantage. Research shows multilinguals to be more creative and better at planning and complex problem solving, when c ompared to monolinguals.
Research shows that children who have a strong foundation in their home language more easily learn a second language. That means speaking Vietnamese, Arabic, or Somali at home can actually HELP you learn English!
People who speak more than one language are in high demand in the job market,and there is evidence multilinguals may even earn more money just for having this additional skill.
On Thursday, December 13th 2018, OneAmerica held an event highlighting our Speak Your Language Campaign supporting English Learners, Celebrating Bilingualism and announcing the release of our report “Celebrating the Power of Bilingualism.” The event was attended by nearly 100 supporters, including OneAmerica parent leaders and Community Language Organizers, the English Language Learner Work Group, elected officials, and educators and district administrators in our schools. If you weren’t able to attend, here’s your chance to get up to date on new developments! We welcome you to read the report, view the photos and presentation from the event, watch a special video [...]
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