Dual Language Immersion done correctly answers real questions about 21st century education.

It doesn’t take an extensive literature review or an exhaustive tour of programs to see that dual language immersion programs exponentially improve educational outcomes when implemented correctly… So why doesn’t every district in the nation turn to dual language immersion?  Why doesn’t every University have a rich Middle Eastern Studies department?  One could get the wrong idea.

Pivoting

ChezWhat? is an old site.  I have been writing here now for 12 years. Most of what fills this space has been an exercise of writing as a personal endeavor.  Gratitude, controversy, art or talking about things that have happened recently or long ago has been the realm of ChezWhat? But I am going to…

Spot on.

One of the great failings of the American education system, in our view, is that young people can graduate from university without any understanding of poverty at home or abroad.  Study-abroad programs tend to consist of herds of students visiting Oxford or Florence or Paris.  We believe that universities should make it a requirement that…

Some thoughts on being a language teacher: linguistic imperialism

I have been since I decided what I wanted to do, a language teacher.  I didn’t end up here by mistake. The first place I went was Russia with Peace Corps.  Peace Corps had in high (sarcastic) comedy brought all these “teachers” to one of the most educated countries on the planet to teach the…

Hay que practicar.

La habilidad de hablar espanol bien no se puede separar del tiempo que esta usado para comunicar. Como los musculos, hay que usarlos si no los quiere perder. Ya se que mi espanol tiene fallas, equivocaciones y todas variaciones de cosas no bien dicho, pero les pido la cortesia de ser simpaticos al iluminar las…

Krashen

Imagine, if you will, in your mind what a doctorate in linguistics looks like. Pocket protectors? Pasty complexion? Greasy hair? Notebooks full of sentence trees? Dry humor referencing prepostional phrases? Overly caffeinated sweats? Saggy belly? A little too excited about bilingual research? Anyone who has ever studied linguistics or language acquisition knows his name. Mainly,…