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Episode 41

Episode 41 – On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Harriet Cannon, a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 25 years of experience and co-author of the book titled Mixed Blessings: A Guide to Multicultural and Multiethnic Relationships.  Harriet shares the joys and challenges that a couple may experience when raising multilingual children and strategies to navigate these relationships. SHOW NOTES

Episode 40 Episode 40 – On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I expand on a question I provided on a Google Hangout on International Mother Language Day.  I give the listener some tips on how to help his children transition to the community language.  We also discuss ideas on how to increase exposure without having the exposure come from the parents. SHOW NOTES

Achieving a family's bilingual journey by listening to mom's advice with Joyce Giraud

Episode 39 – On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview actress, producer, philanthropist and mother, Joyce Giraud.  She shares with us her family’s bilingual journey and how her mother’s advice to be patient and persevere gave her the motivation to stay committed to her sons’ language learning. SHOW NOTES

Episode 38

Episode 38 – On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I share my thoughts with a listener on which language she should introduce to her children.  She is deciding between French which is spoken by a larger percentage of the population and Italian which she is very passionate about. Tune in to hear my recommendation. SHOW NOTES

Episode 37

Episode 37 – On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Madalena Cruz-Ferreira, a multilingual scholar, educator and parent. She is Portuguese, married to a Swede, and they have three trilingual children, raised (mostly) in Singapore. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Manchester, in the United Kingdom, and she has researched child and adult multilingualism in the home, in school and in clinic for the past 40 years. SHOW NOTES

Episode 36

EPISODE 36- On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I share my thoughts with a listener who is proficient in English but not completely fluent.  I give her some words of encouragement while suggesting some ideas to support and infuse more English into her interactions with her son. SHOW NOTES

Adding A Little Mandarin to your multilingual routine

EPISODE 35- On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Toni Wang a mother to three trilingual children and the artist behind “A Little Mandarin,” a collection of Chinese Children’s classics which she has given a new life with a contemporary sound and voice. SHOW NOTES

Episode 34

EPISODE 34- On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I give a listener strategies on how to address her family’s hesitations about bringing up her son in a bilingual household.  I chat about the importance of declaring your intentions, addressing any misconceptions her family members may have about bilingualism and suggest sharing the benefits of bilingualism to persuade the skepticism. SHOW NOTES

4 Common Phenomena that children may experience when learning a second language

EPISODE 33- On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Dr. Alejandro Brice, a bilingual speech-language pathology researcher and a Professor at the University of South Florida.  Dr. Brice discusses with us four common phenomena that children may experience when learning a second language including interference, the silent period, code switching, and language loss. SHOW NOTES

Should I worry about my child picking up my non-native accent?

EPISODE 32- On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a listener’s question who is concerned that his son will pick up his Russian accent when speaking English. I discuss the linguistic behavior of children when it comes to accents as their speech develops. SHOW NOTES

 

MAMI talks about bilingual parenting journey in San Diego

EPISODE 31- MAMI Talks about her bilingual parenting journey in San Diego

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I chat with Dariela Cruz, the blogger behind MamiTalks.  Dariela discusses her bilingual parenting journey including the struggles she had prior to establishing a language plan and the pride she now feels when she realizes how well her son has internalized his bilingual identity. SHOW NOTES

 Aesop Fables for All

EPISODE 30- Aesop Fables for All

On this episode of the podcast, I share a project Bilingual Avenue is putting together in support of multilingualism and multiculturalism called Aesop Fables for All.  This project was inspired in part by International Mother Language Day which is celebrated on February 21, 2015. SHOW NOTES

Episode 29 

EPISODE 29- Bringing up a bilingual child

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Rita Rosenback, a mother to two multilingual daughters and the author of Bringing up a Bilingual Child.  Rita discusses the 7 C’s parents need to navigate on their multilingual journey with their children: Communication, Confidence, Commitment, Consistency, Creativity, Culture and Celebration. SHOW NOTES

Episode 28

EPISODE 28- Synthesizing to Enhance Reading Comprehension

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I continue the reading comprehension multiple part series.  This week we focus on synthesizing to allow our thinking to grow and evolve as read the text. I also do a quick summary of the main ideas we covered throughout the series. SHOW NOTES

One Family, Three Languages: A twist on the One Parent, One Language approach

EPISODE 27- One Family, Three Languages: A twist on the One Parent, One Language approach

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Maria Babin.  Maria is originally from Southern California where she was raised bilingual by her Peruvian father and Mexican mother.  She developed an affinity for all things French from a very young age.  She followed that love to Brigham Young University where she studied French literature and early childhood language acquisition!  She currently lives in France with her French husband and four trilingual children. You can follow Maria’s multilingual journey on her blog at Trilingualmama.com. SHOW NOTES

Episode 26

EPISODE 26- Determining Importance to Enhance Reading Comprehension

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I continue the reading comprehension multiple part series.  This week we focus on determining importance to understand the big idea for both fiction and non-fiction texts. SHOW NOTES

A look at an American international school overseas

EPISODE 25- A look at an American international school overseas

On this episode of the Bilingual Avenue, I interview Bonnie McAuley an elementary school teacher at an American international school and a bilingual mother. Bonnie shares her personal language journey with her son and describes for listeners her school’s philosophy and approach to teaching multilingual students. SHOW NOTES

Episode 24EPISODE 24- Q&A – Inferring to Enhance Reading Comprehension

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I continue the reading comprehension multiple part series discussing reading comprehension strategies.  This week we focus on how to leverage asking questions about the text being read to enhance and improve your child’s reading comprehension. SHOW NOTES

Episode 23 EPISODE 23- From monolingual to trilingual: A family’s move to Morocco & their language journey

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, Amanda Mouttaki shares how her family moved from the United States to her husband’s home country, Morocco, so that their children could become fluent in French and Arabic.  Amanda, a blogger at MarocMama.com, explains the obstacles, the proud moments and the funny anecdotes they have all shared along the way. SHOW NOTES

Episode 22

EPISODE 22- Q&A – Questioning to Enhance Reading Comprehension

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I continue the reading comprehension multiple part series discussing reading comprehension strategies.  This week we focus on how to leverage asking questions about the text being read to enhance and improve your child’s reading comprehension. SHOW NOTES

Episode 21

EPISODE 21- Inspiration from Florida’s Teacher for the Year

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Dorina Sackman, the 2014 Florida Teacher of the Year and a finalists for the 2014 United States Teacher of the Year!  For the past 14 years, she has been teaching non-native English speaking students in the United States. Dorina is a strong proponent of culturally responsive classroom and considers it a stage for children to celebrate their diverse backgrounds while still learning English.   She is proficient in five languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French! SHOW NOTES

Episode20 

EPISODE 20- Q&A – Visualizing to Enhance Reading Comprehension

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I continue the reading comprehension multiple part series discussing reading comprehension strategies.  This week we focus on how to introduce visualization when reading literature. SHOW NOTES

Episode 19

EPISODE 19- A joint language learning journey: A father and his daughter learn Chinese together

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Nick Jaworski an American blogger, international traveler and education enthusiast living in Chicago with his wife and daughter.  Nick speaks exclusively in Chinese with his 2-year old daughter although he is not a native speaker and is learning along with her! In addition, she’s learning Turkish from her mother, English from the community and Spanish at a weekly language class. SHOW NOTES

 

Episode 18

EPISODE 18- Q&A – Making Connections to Enhance Reading Comprehension

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a listener’s question on how to improve his son’s reading comprehension. I describe how making connections can enhance his understanding of text.  This will be the first of a multiple part series discussing reading comprehension strategies. SHOW NOTES

Episode 17

EPISODE 17- Actionable Tips & Strategies to Enhance Language Development 

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Susan Dopke, a speech pathologist specializing in language acquisition, bilingualism and cross-cultural communication. Susanne shares many useful strategies to support language at home and lists specific tips that you can implement right away! SHOW NOTES

Episode 16

EPISODE 16- Q&A – Can you describe some of the more academic terms that have been used on the podcast?

On this episode of the Bilingual Avenue podcast, I describe some of the less commonly known terms that have been used on the podcast including One Parent, One Language; Minority Language at Home; L1 and L2; Minority vs Majority Language.

Episode 15

 EPISODE 15- A language immersion journey in Bordeaux

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Jennifer Poe-Faugere a mother of three bilingual girls, blogger, wife and regional tour guide in Bordeaux, France.  Jennifer walks us through her family’s language journey including their move from the US to France and how each of her three daughters has adapted to the transition. SHOW NOTES

Episode 14

EPISODE 14- Q&A – How can I support my child if I do not speak the language(s) used by the school?

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a listener’s question with some ideas to support language needs at home.  Many parents with children in multilingual schools do not necessarily speak every language their child is learning.  I encourage parents to focus on promoting literacy skills, increasing exposure and staying connected with the school staff. SHOW NOTES

Episode 13

EPISODE 13- A look at a Spanish-English dual language school & how it introduces Mandarin

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Liza Sánchez, mother to four multilingual daughters and founder of Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI), the first independent school in California to offer Spanish-English dual language programs.  EBI is a pre-kinder through 8th grade dual language school with classes in Mandarin starting in the 3rd grade. SHOW NOTES

Episode 12

EPISODE 12- Q&A – How to motivate children to continue to speak in their heritage language when they prefer the community language?

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a listener’s question to help him get his children speaking in their heritage language, Spanish.  Since they entered pre-school and are getting more exposure to English, they no longer engage with him in Spanish. I talk about how to create opportunities where his children will feel the need to communicate in Spanish and also provide some tips and strategies on how to increase exposure to their heritage language. SHOW NOTES

EPISODE 11- Now “D” is always for Dinosaur!

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Úna McCarthy-Fakhry, founder of Love Your Lingo and the creator of the Little Linguist Alphabet, a multilingual alphabet that has 26 objects that all start with the same letter in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Dutch. SHOW NOTES

Episode 10

EPISODE 10- Q&A – How to introduce a third language when the parent is proficient yet not fluent in the language?

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a listener’s question regarding how to introduce a third language when the parent is proficient yet not fluent in the language? SHOW NOTES

Episode 9

EPISODE 9- Connecting with language and culture with Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou, a recording artists, folksinger, winner of multiple parenting awards, world traveler and mom to multilingual children.  Daria discusses how languages can help create conversations from the heart and how music can help aid the language learning experience. SHOW NOTES

Episode #8

EPISODE 8- Q&A – How do you address parenting issues when only one parent speaks the minority language?

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I answer a listener’s question regarding how to address parenting issues when only one parent speaks the minority language.

 

Episode #7

EPISODE 7- How one bilingual family is introducing a third language with Adriana Zoder

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Adriana Zoder, a homeschooling mom, author, blogger and newspaper columnist!  Adriana discusses how she is introducing a third language to her bilingual children, the challenges she has faced raising her children speaking English & Romanian and some wonderful proud parenting moments.  SHOW NOTES

Episode #6

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 Macuari University in Sydney, Australia.  Dr. Piller describes the hallmarks of a good language program, the linguistic environment in Australia, the many benefits of bilingualism and much more.  SHOW NOTES

Episode #5 - A father's will to preseve his language

EPISODE 5- A father’s will to preserve his language with Andrey Kneller

On this episode, I interview Andrey Kneller, a Russian-born poet, translator and  math teacher. Andrey shares his journey with languages and how he, together with his wife, has passed on this gift to his daughter. SHOW NOTES

 

EPISODE 4 – Bilingual Benefits, Myths & Developmental Milestones with Dr. Brenda Gorman

On this episode, I interview Dr. Brenda Gorman, Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst College.  Dr. Gorman walks in detail through the many benefits of bilingualism, common myths and what parents should expect at each developmental milestones for language and speech.  SHOW NOTES

EPISODE 3- How one Intentional Mama is raising bilingual children despite being a non-native French speaker with Michele Cherie

On this episode, I interview Michele Cherie, a former French and English teacher and current blogger with a passion for French, intercultural education, and purposeful parenting. SHOW NOTES

 

EPISODE 2- Tools to help support your heritage language in the classroom with Karen Nemeth

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Karen Nemeth, the founder and CEO of Language Castle.  Karen shares some very useful ways in which parents and teachers can work together to ensure that languages and diversity are celebrated in the classroom.  SHOW NOTES

EPISODE 1 – Welcome to Bilingual Avenue

On this episode, I introduce Bilingual Avenue and what you may expect from the podcast, the blog and the resource gallery.  You’ll get to hear my story with languages and we wrap up with a sneak peak into future podcast content.  SHOW NOTES

 

 

 

 

 

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