Educational advice – from Facebook?

I subscribe to way too many Facebook groups. I need to stop it actually, they’ve become like women’s magazines. But worse. You keep seeing the same things come up over and over again, but instead of ignoring them you can actually have a say, which is giving yourself the delusion of helpfulness, but actually the smartest person in the room of Facebook groups is not … Continue reading Educational advice – from Facebook?

MLA8 and Chinese …

A fellow librarian in Shanghai and I have been working on creating some new MLA8 posters in Chinese for her bilingual school / library.  It’s been an interesting process to put it mildly. We started off with the MLA posters I created with Katie Day about 2 years ago, and which she updated recently to reflect the MLA8 changes. Now translation is as much an … Continue reading MLA8 and Chinese …

L1 and the role of the school

I received an email last night from someone who had read my blog on Building a LOTE collection in an international school and she quite rightly pointed out that it’s a relatively easy thing for a librarian thing to do.  Here is her question: I am a school librarian in an IB candidate school. We are trying to find strategies to promote mother tongues within the school. … Continue reading L1 and the role of the school

A linguistic trio …

In the last few weeks I’ve been lucky to attend the lectures of three specialists in the field of language, bilingualism and mother tongue.  Before I forget the salient points of their presentations I thought I’d write it up and do a little compare and contrast and provide some links for further investigation and thought. Does this have much / anything to do with the … Continue reading A linguistic trio …

A linguistic Trio – part 3 – della Chiesa

Bruno della Chiesa If I may for a moment make a librarian analogy, the talk of della Chiesa compared to the other two was a bit like when I looked at information literacy from a more philosophical view rather than a model and implementation view.  Neither is more important than the other. Language doesn’t happen without the daily practicalities of getting enough speaking, reading and … Continue reading A linguistic Trio – part 3 – della Chiesa

A linguistic Trio – part 2 Crisfield

Crisfield (Blog) Like Rojas, Crisfield began by dispelling some of the common “mummy myths” around language, particularly that it was easier to learn for children – she said something that every parent with older children will have personal experience of – “no it’s still hard, but they’re just too small to complain”. Although they are more phonetically sensitive and therefore more likely to speak other languages … Continue reading A linguistic Trio – part 2 Crisfield

Mother Tongue – How to assess your likelihood of success

One of the things I did as part of my research was to summarise the factors that contributed to a family being able to teach and maintain their mother tongue in their children while living / being educated in an English dominant environment. First I present the table of factors, and then I present myself filling in this table as an exercise in my own … Continue reading Mother Tongue – How to assess your likelihood of success

Research summary on Language

The post below is based on the background research I did for INF538 Value Added-information Services in June 2014.  Please cite me as the author should you wish to quote / use any of this. Bailey, N. (2014, November 12). Research summary on Language. Retrieved November 23, 2013, from http://informativeflights.blogspot.sg/2014/11/research-summary-on-language.html _________________________________________________________________________________ Background Research This study has presented the typical knowledge management dilemma – there is … Continue reading Research summary on Language

Events & Initiatives

As the parent of children who are growing up in a bilingual household I am passionate about languages, bilingualism and supporting mother tongue. In February 2013, international Mother Tongue Day I organised a forum for parents to share ideas on mother tongue promotion and maintenance.  The following link will take you to a summary of the presentations, suggested readings etc. Continue reading Events & Initiatives