Author: vbertelli

Advocacy Toolkit for DC Parents

We’ve listened! Here is the ultimate advocacy toolkit to get a multilingual program started in your community. Tell us a little more about yourself so we can better support and connect you with other advocates in your community, and download the toolkit here. Or you can email us and we’ll send you a paper copy of it. It is a funky booklet that opens up into a poster size flow chart so you might prefer having it in paper copy anyway. The toolkit includes: a definition of all the key terms relating to Bilingual Education an explanation of the lottery...

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Wonder Woman, languages and perception of time

Wonder Woman Speaks All Languages, Bends Perception of Time By Sarah Sloat Wonder Woman is a superhero of many talents: She’s got incredible strength and speed, and she seems to be both indestructible and immortal. But her most underrated skill of all is her ability to speak countless languages. In Wonder Woman, audiences see her omnilingualism at work as she switches from reading ancient Sumarian to chatting up village locals in French. Recent research suggests that her linguistic aptitude may also explain how she manages to skirt the constraints of time. In a paper recently published in the Journal...

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Prochaine destination de la “révolution bilingue” ? Washington DC

By Rémi Gaggioli, French Morning, October 17th 2017 Let’s hear it in French now! « Nous voulons donner aux parents des outils pour qu’ils obtiennent de la municipalité qu’une éducation bilingue soit disponible dans leur communauté », explique Vanessa Bertelli, co-fondatrice de DC Immersion. Dans une démarche « grassroot » très américaine, DC Immersion espère généraliser l’enseignement bilingue dans les dix ans à venir. Read full article...

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Bilingual Revolution in DC

Looking for information you can use to make bilingual education happen in your community? Join fellow parents in your community at a venue near you over the weekend of October 20th-22nd! In response to the skyrocketing and unmet demand for dual language programs in the District, DC Immersion is organizing a series of events to empower communities of every ethnic and linguistic background to effectively advocate for bilingual education in every corner of the District. This multilingual series of nine family-friendly events will be held in schools, book stores, art centers, playgrounds and private homes in every ward of the District,...

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Bilingual education benefits all students

In response to a recent article suggesting that the rising popularity of dual language programs could leave Latinos behind, we feel data, research and a broader perspective are needed. This complex topic cannot be reduced to Latinos versus rest of DC residents, nor can it make abstraction from the demographics and segregated geography of the District. The DC Language Immersion Project advocates for bilingual education for everybody, including but not limited to English language learners who are Latinos. We advocate for bilingual education to be systemically integrated into DC’s strategic education plan and this is why.   1. All kids...

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Debate over Bilingual Education