April is National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month, a time to recognize and support the diverse language learners in our communities.
As the populations of bilingual and multilingual learners (MLLs) continue to grow, we celebrate their accomplishments, affirm the assets that they bring to the educational environment, and advocate for the resources they need to succeed in school and life.
This month we join partners and advocates around the country to uplift the benefits of multilingualism in academic and economic success and for our community as a whole.
There are multiple benefits to being multilingual, multiliterate, and multicultural in today’s global society. Knowing more than one language from birth, acquiring a new language through school, or learning languages later in life, can provide tangible advantages in many areas. From delaying cognitive signs of aging, to earning college credits, and getting a better job offer, multilingualism is an asset that can benefit English learners as well as native English speakers in a variety of ways.
Learn more by visiting a few links below.
- National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
- Multilingual Learning Toolkit
- U.S. Department of Education: Raise the Bar
- Bay Area Council Economic Institute: The Economic Benefits of Multilingual Learning
Let’s embrace linguistic diversity and promote equitable access to education for all. Join us on our social channels to share together – @SEALedEquity.