Daily Archives: October 22, 2016
One afternoon last fall, I watched as a group of young Hispanic students trained to become the best Spanish-language spellers in America. Studies can be cited to support either side of the debate on whether bilingual education programs work better than English-only programs; early meta-studies are 2 , 3 Many of the studies fail to deal with the non-random selection of limited English proficient students into bilingual education programs.
Following similar First Nations ‘ models to Canada , academic linguists throughout the United States are working closely with Native American reservations communities to establish immersion and second-language programs for a number of respective tribal languages including Navajo , Hopi , Cherokee , Ojibwe , Lakhota , and Sioux , among others.
In 1998, voters in California passed a law that severely restricted bilingual education in public schools, arguing that students were languishing in their native language and that requiring English-only …Read More