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Educators learning to teach more languages in Las Vegas

Posted at 11:25 AM, Feb 25, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Teachers from around the globe are getting an education for themselves at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas this week.

The National Association for Bilingual Education 49th annual NABE Conference will put roughly 3,000 educators, administrators, and community members from as many as 15 countries through 300 sessions on a wide range of topics so they can better teach children more than one language.

NABE President Josefina Tinajero said most of their programs are focused on elementary education because it's easier to learn multiple languages while young, but it's never too late for adults.

She said there are economic, intellectual, and cultural benefits to being bilingual.

"We have to have a deep understanding of each other's cultures, right?," Tinajero said, "So we can communicate at a deeper level, and also bring about an appreciation of other people, their cultures, their languages, and be able to communicate. Which is beautiful."

The NABE 2020 convention runs through Friday.