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Rethinking Bilingual Education contains a shortened version of Uncovering the Legacy of Language and Power,” originally published as a chapter in Teaching for Joy and Justice , by Linda Christensen. The studies discussed here reflect mainly the impacts of transitional bilingual programs, the most common type in the US. However, their impacts may well differ from those of programs that have bilingualism as a goal, such as maintenance bilingual education and dual language immersion programs.
The tensions between complying with civil rights and access to instruction requirements for LEP students and accommodating non-LEP pupils who simply want to develop skills in a second language could be ameliorated if the state greatly expanded the bilingual teacher pool and provided substantial increases in state funding.
In 1985 further demands were made on bilingual teachers when the state identified five areas of knowledge—assessment, methods and materials, theoretical foundations, cross-cultural studies, and second-language acquisition—that …Read More