Tag Archives: bilingualism

Tips for Communicating with Parents When You Don’t Speak Their Language

Communicating a child’s success and needs in therapy with parents is one of the most important things clinicians do. It truly is a team effort to generalize successful outcomes from the therapy room and carry them over into the home. This can be complicated when you do not share a language in common with parents. In many schools throughout the country, there can be dozens of different languages spoken in the homes of students and finding ways to help parents access and share information is crucial for continued success. Read More »

How Bilingual SLPs Can Support Children During the Silent Period

Learning a second language is a complex process, especially for a child. Second language acquisition is also very individualized. Many factors can affect how a child learns another language, including his or her family experiences, culture and literacy level. As the number of bilingual children grows, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) must learn to differentiate between a language disorder and typical second language development. There may be concerns when new English Language Learners (ELLs) are quiet or silent in the classroom.  SLPs play an important role in determining whether these students are in the “silent period” phase of second language acquisition and how to support them through the process. Read More »

Your Guide To San Juan Accommodations for the Bilingual Symposium

The Bilingual Symposium is less than 2 months away and it’s a great time to start booking your accommodations. San Juan offers a multitude of options so that you can find the perfect fit. Whether you prefer to enjoy the comforts of a hotel or explore the city from a local rental, there are a variety of options to book the perfect place for you. Read More »

Bilingualism in the last 30 years: Research & Applications in Working with ELL/LLD students

Dear Readers: I have decided that my November column will include the presentation that I will be making at ASHA in Boston with my mentor Dr. Paula Menyuk from Boston University and some of my colleagues who received their degrees about the same time as I did (about 30 years ago)! The title of our presentation is (R)Evolutions in Linkages between Research on language Development and Disabilities. Each presenter will focus on a specific area such as phonology, language-learning disabilities, fluency, autism, deafness, and sign language, and my charge is to present on issues related to bilingualism. Read More »

The Latest on Publications and Conferences on Bilingualism & Bilingual Issues

Hopefully, summertime is an opportunity for many of us to pause, relax, and seek opportunities to refresh and update our knowledge base. In this column, I will list some very recent and upcoming publications as well as conferences that may be of interest to you. I do welcome any additional suggestions you might have so please write to me!! In most cases, I am unable to provide you with specific comments because the information is extremely recent or forthcoming. Read More »

The Importance of Language Loss

When I finished writing my September 2006 column where I discussed the value of language maintenance, my intention was to provide the readership with some information regarding new research and publications on bilingualism and related fields in this October issue of ¿Qué Tal? But, after some thought, I decided to change my proposed topic and continue my discussion regarding language maintenance. For those of us who speak more than one language, it is often difficult to maintain the two or more languages at the same levels for the same purposes. We may preserve the less used language for conversation or for reading, but not as much for writing. Sometimes the loss is more dramatic than in other situations. In sum, all of us who are communicating in two languages experience various degrees of language loss. Unless we live in an environment where we have the opportunity to hear and use two languages in both the oral and written modalities and for the very same purposes, we are subject to experience language loss.
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