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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