Category Archives: bilingual education
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, in coordination with the Department of Languages and Literatures, offers a minor in both English as a second language (ESL) and Bilingual Education (BE). These are important in that the main goal of limited English proficient programs is to help limited English proficient students to close the achievement gap. The old law required parents to sign waivers to enroll their children in bilingual or dual immersion programs; the new law does not.
Trapping students in the echo-chamber of their own language and denying them the true opportunity to become bilingual is morally repugnant to me. For Brussels , which is an officially bilingual French-Dutch area, schools use either Dutch or French as medium.
Historical data for the years 1995 through 2008 reveal that LEP pupils in Texas have historically been concentrated at the lower elementary grades, with LEP counts and percentages decreasing notably after …Read More
Head Start students Joseluis Salas, left, and Jesus Gonzalez listen to a lesson during a Sobrato Early Academic Language, or SEAL, class in El Monte in October 2015. At Cahuenga, Spanish speakers can enroll in what is known as a transitional bilingual education program, in which students learn all subjects in their native language beginning in kindergarten, with the goal of transferring to mainstream English classes by fourth grade.
On average therefore, limited English proficient students placed in bilingual education programs have less exposure to other students as well as to limited English proficient students of other native languages, and there could be peer effects associated with this.
In contrast to traditional English as a second language” bilingual programs, more progressive bilingual programs, which the state emphasizes in its reformed curricular guidelines , have grown as a resource to build the language and cultural competency required for a globalizing society.…Read More
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
The purpose of the Advisory Council on Bilingual Education is to advise the State Superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education on issues which related to the educational needs of students whose first language is not English. Arizona is leading other states in developing innovative curriculum for English teaching and for student success. Through this mission, our goal is to establish and facilitate life-long professional development for both pre-service and professional educators through quality undergraduate and graduate programs.
But the press for English was at its greatest since World War I , creating new program dilemmas and policies which limited students’ participation in bilingual education to three years. I am certainly glad that more people recognize the importance of an equal opportunity education.
DSM diagnoses provide the bases for problem definition; however, the diagnosis itself is simply a category a short hand way describing a cluster of symptoms, a …Read More
Katie Cardamone teaches second grade in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District, about 40 miles southwest of Boston. Roughly a quarter of schoolchildren in Wales now receive their education through the medium of Welsh , and children wishing to join a Welsh medium school ( Welsh : ysgol Gymraeg) do not have to speak Welsh to go to one if they are young enough to learn the language quickly.
Advocates of a more culturally rich curriculum say that bilingual education’s past failures do not show a failure of the concept but of poorly constructed, under-resourced programs, not to mention the endemic socioeconomic gaps that hold back immigrant children in general.
Students who participate in bilingual education are systematically different in observed and unobserved characteristics from students who do not, so the achievement difference between participants and non-participants could not be causally attributed to bilingual education.
In the United States, proponents of …Read More