On Friday September 27, the CALEC team visited the Goethe Institut in New York to celebrate multilingualism by participating in the 2019 European Day of Languages. The day was marked by community building, knowledge sharing, and connecting with a variety of cultural organizations, including Alliance Francaise, China Institute, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Polish Cultural Institute, and Instituto Cervantes.
CALEC was present at the event as a publishing resource, showcasing some of TBR Books’ titles including The Bilingual Revolution and The Gift of Languages. Participants were thrilled to find TBR Books titles available in many of the languages represented at the event, including Polish, Italian, German, and French. Event goers received a code to download a free e-book from the TBR Books site in order to better spread the word about CALEC’s mission and the bilingual revolution. Through this service, CALEC demonstrated its commitment to providing resources to educators and communities interested in bilingual education.
Participants left the Goethe Institut on Friday armed with new connections and renewed enthusiasm for a shared goal: making multilingualism a reality throughout schools within the US and abroad. The CALEC team was happy to engage with the bilingual education community to affirm CALEC’s advocacy for this vital mission. By fostering relationships within the educational community, CALEC will strengthen bilingual education networks and improve its offerings of resources to parents, teachers, and administrators. CALEC thanks the Goethe Institut and participants in the European Day of Languages for their role in a successful celebration of multilingualism.