One of the goals of TWIN-CS is to help enrolled students become global citizens, as we believe and know that speaking more than one language fluently will enable these children to access many aspects of contemporary life in this globalized world. They will be able to speak, read, write and listen to peers in many places around the world, as the two target languages of the Network (Spanish and Mandarin) are among the world's most commonly spoken tongues.
However, even though we set global citizenship as an aspiration, what does it mean in practical terms? What do we want for these children as they enter adulthood?
The Global Learning blog on the EdWeek site features educators who are addressing these questions through their own work, including this week, with Fulbrighter Angela Palmieri. In her guest post, bilingual educator Angela reflects on her experience in New Zealand. She was in New Zealand in 2016 as "a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching to document and study the cultural pedagogical practices of Māori-medium schools." As a former Fulbright grantee in education myself, I was intrigued and thoroughly enjoyed her blog post.
I was interested in learning more, and found Angela's website, which is designed for Spanish bilingual educators, though would be of interest to any bilingual instructor. On this site, Angela has gathered a wealth of resources to reflect on her time in Maori schools, and to provide tools for bilingual teachers in the United States. It is also a beautiful website and engages the visitor right away. I highly encourage our TWIN-CS community to check it out.
-Mary Bridget Burns