BILINGUAL AND MULTILINGUAL SPEAKERS

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The acquisition of language in a dynamic world is crucial as it serves as a means of interaction between other cultures. As a valuable source of communication, bilingual or multilingual people disclose diverse perspectives that would be considered valuable today. Despite their skills, many bilingual or multilingual speakers are frowned upon; due to language barriers some may view multilingual speakers as dyslexic.

Due to such talented speakers being viewed as ‘abnormal’, Alison Schofield and Francesca McGeary launched their own book: “Bilingual and Multilingual Learners from the Inside-Out: Elevating expertise in Classrooms and Beyond.” Their book now serves as a guiding path for their innovative, professional course they introduced this fall. The course aids teachers and educators around the global to better understand bilingual and multilingual speakers. “Most teachers are not trained in second (additional) language acquisition, they do not understand that it would be perfectly normal for a BML to struggle with tasks and how to support them.”

Alison argues that, “our society tends to hold bilingual or multilingual adults in high esteem and it is very clear that they have a skill-set that is important not only for the future, but for cross-cultural interaction and diverse perspectives that are valuable right now. Nevertheless, the challenge is that bilingual and multilingual speakers attending English-speaking schools often need additional support due to language barriers. “They are viewed from a deficit perspective because their other language and/or culture is not considered an asset.”

If you are an educator and are looking to better comprehend the science and thought process behind bilingual and multilingual speakers visit: http://educatorsofbmls.com/courses

 

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