Archive for June, 2010

Compensation for Bilingual Skills?

The city of Houston is considering doing away with a $75.00 monthly stipend for bilingual employees in an effort to save money.  Apparently, not paying this stipend could save the city about one million dollars per year. So, should they get these additional skills at no additional cost?   Read the rest of this entry »

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My Son Wants to Learn Spanish

He’s 12. He wanted to use up his savings to buy Rosetta Stone. But, really his monolingualism isn’t anything that an immersion experience couldn’t fix to a certain extent. In the end he settled on taking accelerated Spanish next year in the 7th grade.

At the same time, he WAS bilingual. I remember that his receptive Spanish was pretty good when he was about 5 and he was putting sentences together (even though some were somewhat ungrammatical). I ran across his test scores from when he participated in the norming study on the Bilingual English Spanish Assessment. His scores in syntax and semantics were much better in English (a good 20% higher), but his Spanish scores were well within the expected range for his age for Spanish speakers. So, what happened?? Read the rest of this entry »

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