How can bilingual education make children excited about languages?
Encouraging Bilingualism in Education
Today, over half of the world’s population is, to some degree, bilingual. Moreover, the many benefits of being bilingual are increasingly recognised as essential practical, social and emotional skills needed in the 21st century. In order to truly prepare students for our global world, it is important to call more attention to innovative pedagogical practises that inspire children from all types of language backgrounds to learn a second or a third language.
The purpose of this Spotlight is to discover some of the world’s brightest innovations that focus on bilingual education. The HundrED Spotlight on Bilingual Education partners with the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, who works for an enhanced understanding of the value of living in an official bilingual country (Finnish and Swedish).
The Spotlight on Bilingual Education and its selected innovators will be celebrated virtually during the Helsinki Education Week and the HundrED Innovation Summit in the first week of November 2020. The virtual Bilingual Spotlight Event will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd at Helsinki Education Week. Register now for this free event!
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Spotlight on Bilingual Education
Through our research, we have discovered that bilingual education is about learning how to think and act in two (or more) languages and how to navigate between them. Bilingual education is an inclusive environment where more than one language is used to learn!
We have been mindful of searching for innovations that best support the learning of languages in positive and welcoming bilingual and multilingual environments – innovations that in one way or another can bring together and support all members of a school community.
With this Spotlight, we are proud to highlight innovative practices and approaches in bilingual education that excite, inspire, enable, create and support bilingual teaching and learning, language awareness and confidence, mother tongue education, bilingualism and multilingualism, cultural exchange, inclusion and diversity.