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Speak English and… November 27, 2020

Posted by Pete B in multilingualism.

There are schools and churches across America who think languages are important, and that being multilingualism is a gift.

Here’s a great video from the Seattle Schoolboard that I borrowed the title for this blog post from.

The original article I found this on states:

The Seattle school district serves 6,948 English language learners who contribute 162 languages to the total of 154 spoken by families across the district. According to federal data, Seattle’s 98118 zip code is home to speakers of 78 languages, more than any other zip code in the United States.

In the classroom, we recognize a student’s home language as an asset to learning. Parents are encouraged to support their children to read or speak in their home language first in order to build upon the competencies they already possess.

The following video was produced in partnership with Highline Public Schools, the Kent School District and OneAmerica to honor the linguistic diversity of our students and families.

Honouring Home Languages, Seattle Schoolboard, 2016

I found the article after coming across a US Census article about the 15 most linguistically diverse cities. I then googled to find out a little more about linguistic and cultural diversity in the Churches of Seattle, but those are subjects for another blog post.

“…the truth is we live in an increasingly global society and speaking another language at home is going to be a huge asset not just to the child not just to the family but to our country”

Of course if you think that there are a lot of languages spoken in Seattle or other ethnically diverse cities across America, that’s nothing compared to the ones spoken in the church worldwide. The question is do we recognise that as an asset and a blessing or simply see it is a barrier?

Lots of churches are recognising multicultural and intercultural churches as a blessing and are even learning how to incorporate multiple languages as part of normal church life. Read more on this and other blogs or share your own thoughts using the hashtag #multilingualchurch


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