A Few Words on Bilingualism
Our school will be making a transition to a more bilingual school. Pursuing bilingualism will represent a real commitment for the entire family. It will be necessary to show a positive attitude and offer as much support from home as possible. The motivation of the parents is essential. Below are a few comments from the experts on this topic: "Bringing up children to be bilingual is an important decision. It will affect their identity, social arrangements, schooling, employment, marriage, area of residence, travel and thinking. Becoming bilingual is more than owning two languages. Bilingualism has educational, social, economic, cultural and political consequences."
(from "A Parents' and Teachers' Guide to Bilingualism" by Colin Baker)
"The two languages of the bilingual child are interdependent. They do not compete for limited space and resources. Bilingualism is good for children of all backgrounds. When bilingual children are compared with monolingual children on different kinds of skills, bilingual children are usually superior."
(Dr. Amado Padilla, School of Education, Stanford University)
"A bilingual child has a higher level of mental flexibility and is more original. He or she will be more divergent with his or her thinking and will always have two or three solutions for a problem. It has been proven that bilingual children demonstrate a higher level of academic performance amongst students. They surpass or at least are equal to the monolingual students and no negative effects are found in bilingualism. Students will perform better than monolingual students by the time they reach 4th to 6th grade. It is very important that parents realize that it takes time and hard work to become bilingual and the full benefits will show especially starting at the 4th grade level. Bilingualism promotes the development of multiple perspectives about people and about cultures."
(Dr. Duarte Silva, School of Education, Stanford University)
Ministry for Diaspora - Republic of Serbia
Department of Christian Education - http://dce.oca.org/
Serbian Language Resources
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Other Links of Interest:
Beli Dvor - Prestolonaslednik
The Hilandar Research Library - Ohio State University The Hilandar Research Library has the largest collection of medieval Slavic manuscripts on microform in the world. Check out the Exibit link with to learn more about Hilandar.