Episode 6: Hallmarks of a good language program & more with Dr. Ingrid Piller

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Dr. Ingrid Piller, a Professor of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University  in Sydney, Australia. She has had an impressive international career holding appointments at universities in Germany, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the USA.  Dr. Piller serves as editor-in-chief of the international sociolinguistics journal Multilingua.  She has extensive research expertise in several areas …

Episode 5: A father’s will to preserve his language

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Andrey Kneller, a Russian-born poet, translator and math teacher.  Andrey was 10 years old when his family moved from Russia to New York.  He grew up reading and speaking Russian fluently. At fourteen, he started writing his own poetry and not long after that, he started translating his favorite Russian poets into …

Episode 4: Bilingual Benefits, Myths & Developmental Milestones with Dr. Brenda Gorman

You can listen to the interview with Dr. Brenda Gorman in Spanish by clicking on the player below: On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Dr. Brenda Gorman, Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst College.  Prior to her role in academia, Dr. Gorman worked for eight years as a bilingual speech language pathologist.  …

Episode 3: How one Intentional Mama is raising bilingual children despite being a non-native French speaker

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Michele Cherie, a former French and English teacher with a passion for French, intercultural education, and purposeful parenting. She lives in Oregon, USA with her husband, preschool-age daughter, and toddler son where as a non-native French speaker; she is raising her children in French. You can follow Michele on her blog at Intentionalmama.com …

Setting language goals for your family

I remember one thing from the study skills class I took in eighth grade, setting goals can be a very valuable effort. They can aid in developing a vision and help you determine a strategy to achieve said vision. Back then, my goals had lower stakes and focused mostly around how I may organize my homework but as I have …