Tag Archives: Bilingualism

The 4G Spectrum debate

The most recent episode of Te Tēpu dealt with the 4G spectrum claim and was really interesting – the arguments presented are incredibly valid and merit serious consideration by educators. Te Tēpu Sunday 14 July 2013 http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/te-tepu/S09E014/te-tepu Advertisements

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Teaching in multicultural contexts

Just an aside – I want to read this book! Bilingual and ESL classrooms : teaching in multicultural contexts / Carlos J. Ovando, Mary Carol Combs. New York, NY, : McGraw-Hill, c2012 5th edition Contents note: The Past Catches Up … Continue reading

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The benefits of new and different perspectives on child development

“In calling for new and different perspectives on child development, it is possible not only to change the way we think about children and how they learn but also to change the nature of the early childhood institution. For instance, … Continue reading

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How our educational institutions take account of cultural variations

“How our educational institutions take account of cultural variations has generally not been foregrounded in early childhood beliefs and practices within culturally and linguistically diverse communities.”[1] [1] 136 Marilyn Fleer (2006) ‘The cultural construction of child development: creating institutional and … Continue reading

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Naming in New Zealand – Chinese

“The Chinese tradition is very different. The Chinese family name is traditionally something to be held in high regard, to be honoured and enshrined. Yet among the Chinese persons interviewed for this book, there are many instances when they lost … Continue reading

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Names in New Zealand – Maori

In a really lovely book, Manying Ip writes: “In the matter of family names, Maori tradition used to be rather flexible. Maori are in part defined in terms of whakapapa (genealogy) which is often related through oral traditions. When children … Continue reading

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Language socialisation

“children learn to differentiate between languages through a process of language socialisation.” (Makin, Campbell, & Diaz (1995), p44)

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Consistency helps children sort out languages

“Whenever more than one language is used at home or in an education and care setting, consistency of pattern seems to help children to sort out the different languages.” (Makin, Campbell, & Diaz (1995), p44)

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Conditions of bilingual development

There is no ideal strategy for bilingual development but it is important to set up “conditions that maximise opportunities for meaningful communication” (Makin, Campbell, & Diaz (1995), p44)

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advantages of bilingualism

“Some of the advantages of bilingualism identified in… [certain] studies are increased self-esteem, increased problem-solving abilities, cognitive flexibility, verbal creativity and greater metalinguistic awareness.” (Makin, Campbell, & Diaz (1995), p38)  They go on to say that “social conditions, however, remain … Continue reading

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