Learning a second language for people who grow up speaking English can be challenging. Think back to your high school French, German or even Japanese lessons. So how difficult is it for a child who comes to this country speaking no English? Should they be encouraged to stop speaking their native language and focus entirely on becoming proficient in English? Or is there a better way to help students learn?
On this edition of UWM Today, our topic is biliteracy — or learning two languages at the same time. Our guests are Tatiana Joseph, an assistant professor of teaching and learning and chair of UWM’s Second Language Education program and Leanne Evans, associate professor and chair of the Early Childhood Education program in UWM’s School of Education.