In Plain Language

In Plain Language

By Malty the Blue Tiger Books
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You're about to hear invaluable tips from top experts to help your child's language skills skyrocket — whether it's their native language or another language. This is In Plain Language, the speech and language podcast by Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual children's books.

Shop Malty the Blue Tiger books (available in English/Spanish and English/French) on Amazon today, and find free language resources at MaltyTheBlueTiger.com.

Every time you subscribe to, review, or share this podcast, it means the world to everyone who works to continue these important conversations. Thank you for joining!
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You're about to hear invaluable tips from top experts to help your child's language skills skyrocket — whether it's their native language or another language. This is In Plain Language, the speech and language podcast by Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual children's books.

Shop Malty the Blue Tiger books (available in English/Spanish and English/French) on Amazon today, and find free language resources at MaltyTheBlueTiger.com.

Every time you subscribe to, review, or share this podcast, it means the world to everyone who works to continue these important conversations. Thank you for joining!
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Expose Your Child to an Extra 1.5 Million Words by Kindergarten!
Consider this: A recent study from The Ohio State University found that reading to kids a certain number of times daily can expose them to nearly 1.5 million words from books by the time they turn five. Read-alouds are so important because they set kids up for academic success and expose them to far more vocabulary than they hear in everyday life. In this episode, you'll hear incredible advice on how to expose your child to a robust number of new vocabulary words by kindergarten, teacher-backed tricks you can use to engage them in reading, and the effect it'll have on their academic success. We're chatting with Jessica Logan, lead author of the study and assistant professor of educational studies at The Ohio State University. We're also speaking with Maya Le Espiritu, elementary school teacher and creator of the blog and YouTube channel MaiStoryBook, which provides reading resources for children.  You can buy Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual children's books (available in English and Spanish or English and French) on Amazon today to give your kids new language skills and confidence in their unique voices. These books are essential tools for both bilingual families and new learners alike! Get your Spanish version: https://amzn.to/2O0hBXH Get your French version: https://amzn.to/2K8GLSM Love what you hear? Give this podcast a little love with a review — it means the WORLD to everyone who works so hard to contribute to and create it! (Plus, we’ll be featuring some of your reviews on the air.) You can also support this podcast with a small monthly donation at anchor.fm/in-plain-language. In doing so, you help to continue these important conversations about language.
20:49
November 26, 2019
How Is the Internet Changing Language for Kids?
Your kids are constantly surrounded by the Internet. Your iPhone? They beg for it constantly. Tik Tok? All their friends have it. Lit so much foji rn? They understand that in a second.  But what type of effect does this exposure have on kids, from the youngest ones who are just learning the English language to those who have been speaking it for years? In this episode, you’ll hear from two incredible linguists and get intel on the origins of the latest Internet language trends. Get all of your shocked-face emojis ready, because this stuff is mind-blowing!  You can buy Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual children's books (available in English and Spanish or English and French) on Amazon today to give your kids new language skills and confidence in their unique voices. These books are essential tools for both bilingual families and new learners alike!  Get your Spanish version: https://amzn.to/2O0hBXH  Get your French version: https://amzn.to/2K8GLSM  Love what you hear? Give this podcast a little love with a review — it means the WORLD to everyone who works so hard to contribute to and create it! (Plus, we’ll be featuring some of your reviews on the air.) You can also support this podcast at anchor.fm/in-plain-language. In doing so, you help to continue these important conversations about language.
21:56
November 14, 2019
5 Smart Ways to Boost Your Child's Language Development
You want your child to grow a large vocabulary and excel in language. You want them to thrive in their reading ability, school life, and relationships with friends and family — all of which are directly influenced by language skills. Simply speaking around your young child is a great place to start, but there's much more that you can do. Follow these five simple, smart strategies to help your child’s language skills flourish, whether they’re learning their native language or another language. Today’s experts are Diane Paul, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, the director of clinical issues in speech-language pathology at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Veronica Davis-Quiroz, a former foreign language teacher. For more information on language development, visit www.identifythesigns.org and www.asha.org/public/speech/development/chart/. Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual books easily teach kids language skills and celebrate every unique voice. Pick up your copy on Amazon today (available in English and Spanish or English and French), and consider supporting this podcast so we can continue these important conversations about speech and language!
17:35
October 31, 2019
Can Kids Get Accents From TV Shows?
Real talk: Some parents say they've noticed their children speaking like their favorite cartoon characters — who speak in different accents! But are kids actually developing an accent from watching these shows? Will they only speak like the characters they like? (After all, villains often have accents, too!). And what if English isn't your child's native language? You'll hear from Alicia Whitley, a mom who's been there, plus Liliana Diaz-Vazquez, a bilingual speech-language pathologist based in Chicago, and Roberto Rey Agudo, language program director at Dartmouth College, as we get to the bottom of this fascinating phenomenon. Pick up your copies of Malty the Blue Tiger bilingual books on Amazon today! These remarkable children's books help kids easily learn language and celebrate every unique voice. You can also find free language and speech resources at MaltyTheBlueTiger.com. Have a question you'd like us to answer on this podcast? Send it to us at InPlainLanguage@MaltyTheBlueTiger.com. If you love language, subscribe, rate, share, or even support this podcast to help spread the word about these valuable conversations. Your support truly means the world. 
20:36
October 17, 2019
Tips for Teaching Kids a Language You Don't Know
You'd love your child to know Spanish, but you only took a semester in high school. Or perhaps your child is excited about learning Italian, and you're cheering them on, but you don't know how to help. You're not alone! So many parents have been in this situation. In this episode, you'll learn how you can foster those language skills for your little one with easy, practical tips and tricks. You'll hear from Clarissa Duskin, M.Ed., coordinator of English learners, recently arrived students and translation services at St. Lucie Public Schools in Florida and incoming president of the Florida Association of Bilingual and ESOL Supervisors, and Edith Boncompain, vice president of education at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in New York City. Be sure to also pick up your copy of Malty the Blue Tiger on Amazon! These remarkable books help kids easily learn language  — and teach the value of embracing what makes you one-of-a-kind. You can also find free language and speech resources at MaltyTheBlueTiger.com. Have a question you'd like us to answer on this podcast? Send it to us at InPlainLanguage@MaltyTheBlueTiger.com.
17:16
October 3, 2019
How to Help Kids Be Confident in Their Unique Voices
Kids can feel self-conscious if they speak differently than their peers. And to be honest, a lot of kids do! Whether a child has a regional accent, has trouble saying certain sounds (like r's), or speaks differently for any other reason, this episode will show you how to help them feel confident in their one-of-a-kind voice. We'll also chat about how we can teach all kids to be empathetic and accepting of those who speak differently.  You'll hear from Ellen Braaten, Ph.D. (co-director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School), Jann Fujimoto, M.S., CCC-SLP (a speech-language pathologist and owner of SpeechWorks), and Novea McIntosh, Ed.D. (assistant professor of education at the University of Dayton, Ohio, and committee member for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program).  Be sure to also pick up your copy of Malty the Blue Tiger on Amazon! These remarkable books help kids easily learn language  — and teach the value of embracing what makes you one-of-a-kind. You can also find free language and speech resources at MaltyTheBlueTiger.com. Have a question you'd like us to answer on this podcast? Send it to us at InPlainLanguage@MaltyTheBlueTiger.com. 
18:26
September 21, 2019
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