Idiom Week: Multicultural, Language Learning Fun

This year, Idiom Week is January 24-30. This is a great opportunity for students to have multicultural and language learning fun with idioms. Here are some ways for students to “have a ball” during Idiom Week. Use hashtag #IdiomFun on social media, and tell us about your favorite idioms from any language!

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Neuroeducation: Mind, Brain, and Language Learning

Image from “A Day with Grandpa” by Fiona Rose

Guest post by Veerle Ponnet

Understanding the neuroscience and psychology of the learner is vital to successful learning and teaching. And Shhhhhh! here’s a secret… It’s not what we teach, but what YOU LEARN that counts…

The brain is the most complex part of our human body and even though it is the most important organ in our body, we don’t usually know very much about it. Understanding some of the changes that occur in our brains as we learn, will help us to teach and learn more effectively.

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Telugu Language & BOOKS: Interesting Facts & Resources

Page from Telugu-English edition of “With Flying Colors – Color Idioms” by Anneke Forzani

Today’s spotlight language is Telugu! We offer some background information and interesting facts about the language, as well as help finding children’s books in Telugu.  Interested in learning about other languages as well?  Check out our series of posts on world languages, including Spanish, Oromo, Hindi, Russian, and Japanese!

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Support Multicultural Children’s BOOKS & LITERACY on #GivingTuesday

Language Lizard is proud to join the many organizations around the world celebrating #GivingTuesday on December 1, 2020. As a Pledge 1% member, we are committed to supporting children’s education initiatives. Learn more about Pledge 1%, Room to Read, and two other non-profits that need your support to continue their work to promote multicultural children’s literature.

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5 Ways Idiom Books Support Virtual & In-Person Learning

Page from Telugu-English edition of “With Flying Colors – Color Idioms” by Anneke Forzani

Our new Language Lizard Idiom Books are a great resource for teachers in virtual, in-person, or blended classrooms, as well as homeschooling families. The Idiom Books come with a variety of FREE activities to share with students and families. Take a look at some of the teaching resources that accompany Language Lizard Idiom Books (available in paperback and eBook). Learn more about the book series and why #IdiomsRock in our previous post.

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Multicultural, Bilingual Idiom Books are “A Breath of Fresh Air”

We are excited to announce a new series of idiom books, available in many languages. With clever multicultural illustrations and bilingual example sentences, Language Lizard Idiom Books explain common idioms in a way that makes them easy to understand.

What is an Idiom?

An idiom is a phrase that says one thing, but means something different. An idiom can be a quick way of saying something complicated. It’s useful for language learners to study idioms because knowing idioms helps them to understand and speak English fluently.

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Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month – In the (Virtual & In-Person) Classroom

October is Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month! Whether your class is in-person or virtual this month, there are many ways to celebrate language learners in both settings. This is also a great opportunity to celebrate the parents who promote bilingualism at home, and increase parental involvement in school. 

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Bilingual Story Supports Environmental Education

Page from bilingual children's book The Biscuit Moon

“The sun beats down relentlessly on a scorched landscape where nothing is growing. Buffalo is listless and desperately looking around for
something to eat. Then, one evening he finds a white biscuit in a small
pool of water. But, he is not the only animal to see it and a great fight begins… But all is not what it seems.”

Language Lizard is proud to announce our latest bilingual storybook offering: The Biscuit Moon is a timely and engaging bilingual tale about a distressed traveler – Buffalo – in search of a better life. The story explores the ideas of climate change, cooperation, and the need to share precious resources.

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Oromo Language: Interesting Facts & Resources

Today’s spotlight language is Oromo! We offer some background information and interesting facts about the language, as well as help finding children’s books in Oromo.  Interested in learning about other languages as well?  Check out our series of posts on world languages, including Spanish, Nepali, Hindi, Russian, and Japanese!

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