We are excited to announce and introduce Dr. Elizabeth Ijalba who will be visiting Maryel in a few weeks.


Dr. Elizabeth is an AssociateProfessor in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders at Queens College, City University of New York.  She conducts research on bilingualism and parent education and is Director of the Bilingual Biliteracy Lab at Queens College.  Dr. Ijalba is certified as a Speech Language Pathologist by the American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and she holds Bilingual Extension and teaching certifications in the State of NewYork. Her research on bilingualism ispublished in scientific journals and she presents at national and international venues.

Dr. Elizabeth  will be conducting a one-hour focus group with parents at our school to learn about your language practices and beliefs regarding bilingualism.  This focus group will allow parents to share your questions and experiences about raising their child bilingual. Parents who participate in this meeting will be asked questions about:


-How they are structuring their children’s language experiences at home.

-Their expectations on language development for their children.

-The attitudes they have encountered about learning two languages. 

The focus group will be followed by a 45 min presentation by Dr. Ijalba on current research findings on bilingualism. We will discuss the neurolinguistic, cognitive, and social aspects of bilingualism. We will consider what to look for in education programs. We will also discuss what parents can do to sustain their children’s language and academic growth. 


-Sharing questions and experiences: 5:30 pm to 6:30pm

-Short recess: 6:30 pm to 6:45pm

-Scientific findings on bilingualism: 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm  




Presented By: DR. Elizabeth Ijalba

DATE: Wednesday, October 7

Time: 5:30 PM.

Place: Maryel International Preschool

RSVP by october 4 ,2015 at rosa@maryel.org