October 2019

46. Summer Language Camps: A Short-Course on Six We Love

By |2019-10-30T08:01:34-05:00October 29th, 2019|Episodes|

46. Summer Language Camps: A Short-Course on Six We Love Steve (at right) interviews founder Andreina Galavis and logistics director Michael Perez of Camp Lingua in South Florida. Language immersion there is embedded into traditional summer camp activities. How will your child (and perhaps you, too) spend some of next summer’s vacation? Consider enrolling in a summer language immersion program. It’s possible to go from zero to 60 in terms of fluency in a matter of weeks. And with year-abroad programs downsizing into weeks-abroad programs for many college students, a [...]

September 2019

45. Top Tips from Teachers for Adult Language Learners

By |2019-10-02T08:10:06-05:00September 27th, 2019|Episodes|

45. Top Tips from Teachers for Adult Language Learners Can you guess all the languages that are welcoming you to this podcast? Answers at the end of these episode notes. Take this short quiz: When adult language learners start out, they might sound (a) like a native speaker, (b) like Taylor Swift, (c) like they’re just starting out. One challenge adult language learners have is that they (a) might surpass their kids, (b) might sound like Taylor Swift, (c) act like adults. When encountering speakers of the language they’re [...]

June 2019

44. Africa’s Relaxed Multilingualism

By |2019-09-06T12:48:14-05:00June 12th, 2019|Episodes|

44. Africa's Relaxed Multilingualism In the west African country of Cameroon, it’s not unusual for youngsters playing a neighborhood game of soccer to encounter different languages among their friends. And throughout Africa, it’s not uncommon for people to speak three languages—even if they don’t write or read all three. How do they do it? And what can the United States learn from this continent of polyglots? For Episode 44 of the America the Bilingual podcast, Steve talked with three African educators he met at the 2018 ACTFL conference. All these gentlemen are teaching [...]

May 2019

43. Buds of Bilingualism

By |2019-09-06T12:48:14-05:00May 15th, 2019|Episodes|

43. Buds of Bilingualism None of us can master every language, but we can all learn phrases that extend a symbolic hand in greeting and say, “To show I respect you, and therefore your language, I’ll try to speak a few words of it.” No matter how poor the result linguistically, you’ve often made a friend. And thus, a bud of bilingualism blooms. Like the buds of flowers, it holds the promise of something wonderful. In Episode 43 of the America the Bilingual podcast, we’ll hear how some native English-speaking Americans practice buds [...]

April 2019

42. North Carolina: A Dual-Language Success Story

By |2019-09-06T12:48:15-05:00April 24th, 2019|Episodes|

42. North Carolina: A Dual-Language Success Story In 2005, North Carolina had seven dual-language schools; in 2018, there were 140. A 2018 graduating class at one of these dual-language high schools had two valedictorians—one a native Spanish speaker and the other a native English speaker, both now fluent in the other’s native tongue. How did North Carolina do it? Can their success be replicated? And are the number of dual-language schools outpacing the number of bilingual teachers needed for them? In Episode 42 of America the Bilingual, host Steve Leveen talks to six [...]

41. French Immersion at Université Sainte-Anne: A Bubble of Joy

By |2019-09-06T12:48:15-05:00April 10th, 2019|Episodes|

41. French Immersion at Université Sainte-Anne: A Bubble of Joy This fifth episode in our series on some of the finest summer language immersion programs takes us to Université Sainte-Anne in the tiny village of Church Point, Nova Scotia. A French immersion summer program, it is Canada’s most popular and attracts many students from the United States as well. Hear how its small size works to its advantage, and why many students claim to learn more in five weeks here than in five years of classes elsewhere. The French heard [...]

March 2019

40. Children of a Silent God: A Bilingual Journey Through American Sign Language

By |2019-09-06T12:48:15-05:00March 27th, 2019|Episodes|

 40: Children of a Silent God: A Bilingual Journey Through American Sign Language While bilingual schools for spoken languages are becoming more popular in America, fewer children are attending bilingual schools for signed languages. What does that mean for deaf children who should be learning ASL—American Sign Language—as their first language, and at a young age? And what, if anything, can reverse the trend?  In this episode, we talk with two professionals from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the world’s leading university for the deaf; an attorney for education policy at the National [...]

39. America the Bilingual Goes to Morocco

By |2019-09-06T12:48:15-05:00March 13th, 2019|Episodes|

 39. America the Bilingual Goes to Morocco In the United States, we hear periodic news reports about people being accosted for speaking another language in public. In order to be a patriotic, real American, one must, it seems, speak only English. If you do happen to speak another language, you should keep it at home, or in your church, maybe. And if your other language happens to be Arabic, for heaven’s sake, don’t speak it in an airport. This is what’s normal in many parts of America today. But there was also a [...]

February 2019

38. STARTALK: Another Peace Corps for the 21st Century

By |2019-09-06T12:48:16-05:00February 27th, 2019|Episodes|

 38. STARTALK: Another Peace Corps for the 21st Century On September 11, 2001, the value of knowing another language was probably the last thing on the minds of most Americans. But 9/11 revealed another fissure in this country’s infrastructure: the thousands of jobs going unfilled in our intelligence agencies because not enough Americans speak the language of the countries these agencies must understand. The Department of Defense has done something about it. In 2007, its National Security Agency started funding a summer program throughout the country to teach what it identified as critical-need [...]

37. Concordia Language Villages: Waltzing with Mops, and Other Adventures

By |2019-09-06T12:48:16-05:00February 13th, 2019|Episodes|

 37. Concordia Language Villages: Waltzing with Mops, and Other Adventures In our continuing series of dual language summer immersion programs, in Episode 37 of the America the Bilingual podcast, we learn what it means to “live the language” at Concordia Language Villages—from learning opera in Italian, soccer in German, volleyball in Spanish, and French while waltzing with mops. Concordia has become famous over the past 50 years for language learning, and its campus in Bemidji, Minnesota, is one that Walt Disney might have approved of as part of his vision for EPCOT. Each EPCOT-like [...]

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