March 25 Symposium on Multilingual Education & Culture

Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture
Organized by
Czech & Slovak Cultural Center (CSCC) in collaboration with
Czech & Slovak School Twin Cities and Czech Slovak Sokol MN

Part 1Benefits of Multilingualism: How to Become Smarter and More Employable

When? Friday, March 25th at 7:00PM
Where? Sokol Hall: 383 W Michigan St, St Paul, MN 55102

Come and join us for this long-overdue lecture and discussion to uncover some of the important aspects of being bilingual or multilingual in the US. Multilingualism can have many forms. It may be a product of being brought up by parents who come from different countries or cultures, studying in a language in an immersion school, or having moved here from another country. We will explore the benefits and also some of the challenges of being multilingual in the US and what we can do to maximize this opportunity.

Elaine Tarone, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and a Professor in the Second Language Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the impact of social context on learner language acquisition. She has published work on oral second-language processing by low-literacy learners, interlanguage variation, interaction in immersion classrooms, and language play. A member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, she is a recipient of numerous awards for her outstanding work.

Kendall King, PhD, is a Professor of Second Language Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota where she teaches and conducts research in the areas of second language learning and bilingualism, transmigratory experiences of children, immigrant education, language ideology, and language policy. She has written many academic articles on these topics and also a popular book on bilingual parenting: The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language (HarperCollins).

Ann Jurewicz, MA, is the Director of Twin Cities German Immersion School. She has previously worked at a bilingual-bicultural school in Berlin, Germany, and taught world and European history. Ms. Jurewicz embraces the school's vision of educating all children through German immersion for informed and active world citizenship in the 21st century.

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