Digital technology can facilitate language-friendly learning: why are teachers not using it more?

In our increasingly multilingual classrooms, digital technology potentially offers infinite opportunities for language-friendly learning. Teachers don’t need to know all the languages their students speak, and still offer their students the opportunity to utilize their full linguistic repertoire to support their learning. But when Dr. Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman (University of Toronto and…

VIDS Discussion Evening: Multilingual Education Contributes to Cultural Preservation

The longer children are taught in their mother tongue, the better they perform in school. In addition, they learn more about their own culture, and appreciate it more. This was the outcome of a debate on intercultural multilingual education that took place on July 31, 2013. At the Venezuelan Cultural Institute in…

Training Intercultural Teaching

Teachers are an important role model for indigenous and maroon children. They teach children in their own language and in a culturally appropriate way. They also guide the development of children, nurturing a sense of pride in the children’s own language and culture. This is of great importance for the survival of…