The New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, statewide organization of professional and advocacy members founded in 1976 to address the educational needs of English language learners (ELLs)/bilingual learners. Students who are English learners in California have struggled because state rules limit the amount of native language support. The University of Southern California Center for Multicultural, Multilingual Research provides an annoted list of useful links of interest to teachers. Like a butterfly casting off a useless cocoon, the shape of education in schools across the country is being transformed in countless ways as practices and purposes are questioned and found unproductive. In this way students not only become skilled practitioners, but also active participants in the bilingual education arena. These classes are structured where nearly all” instruction is in English, according to the California Department of Education. The law exacerbated the shortage by basically creating a prohibition on bilingual education,” she said. Education in all co-official languages uses to receive both national and regional funding.
Without any context, people see the English proficiency” label and think that’s what the initiative supports, said Jack Citrin, director of the UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, a partner in the poll with the Field Research Corp. Others maintain that minimal competency in two languages is sufficient to be called bilingual (Haugen 1956; Diebold 1961). America is a country that is united not by religion or ethnicity but by a core of democratic values expressed in our laws and by a common language.
Scroll down the page and click on one of these relevant links to information and materials for teaching in bilingual classrooms: Bilingual Education Resources on the Net and Latino Resources on the Net. The majority of DPS teachers in bilingual placements lack certification as bilingual specialists.
The campaign for English-only education signaled to many immigrant rights groups a rising sentiment of hostility to their cultures. Bilingual education appears to be the most effective way to teach students whose dominant, or native, language isn’t English.
Using 12 years of data from a large school district in California, the results suggested that bilingual education may be able to reach and effectively serve more students than English-only programs, Umansky said. It’s still a shift in conversation from 20 years ago, when debate over bilingual education raged in California.