Karen Emslie


Breaking Down Our Bilingual Double Standard

For certain people, bilingualism is seen as an educational problem to be solved, rather than an advantage to be exploited. #ProjectLiteracy

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It was medieval emperor-king Charlemagne who said, “To have another language is to possess another soul.” Considered by many to be the “father” of Europe, Charlemagne was a man of many languages, displaying a knack for Latin, Greek, and other European tongues. Yet more than two millennia later, our views on multilingualism have lost some of this nuanced perspective — despite research that demonstrates again and again just how beneficial it is to grow up multilingual.

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