California’s Proposition 58 would make it easier to teach English learners in bilingual programs. By the mid-1800s, there were schools throughout the country using German, Dutch, Czech, Spanish, Norwegian, French, and other languages, and many states had laws officially authorizing bilingual education. He spent seven years as a K-12 teacher – an experience that gave him an intimate view of the challenges facing genuine education reform. The need for more bilingual teachers in Oakland Unified has grown over time, as the number of immigrants from Central America has increased in the district, Knight said. In the Western flank of Wales, Carmarthenshire , Ceredigion , Gwynedd and Anglesey , most primary and secondary schools are Welsh medium or have bilingual streams. But the latest survey in September, conducted by the Field Poll and the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, has so far found starkly different levels of support for Proposition 58 among 1,800 registered voters statewide. A survey of vernacular education programming at the provincial level within Papua New Guinea.
Of the almost 2,500 teachers in Oakland Unified, about 120 are bilingual teachers, Knight said. Included are activities and resources appropriate for elementary students, middle and high school students, as well as links to professional bilingual educator sites, internet tutorials, and other resources. Bilingual learning necessitates rethinking the entire curriculum in terms of a child’s best instruments for learning, of his readiness for learning various subjects, and his own identity and potential for growth and development.
Nevertheless, the State Board of Education voted on July 10, 1997, to grant Orange permission to try an English language program for one year. Due to the collaborative nature of this curriculum, students are able to take advantage of the professional development events and conferences in all three of the degree programs that make up the bilingual education portfolio. For example, school districts would still decide locally whether to offer bilingual education.
So as principals look at opening a program, it will be a gradual process because the programs take time to develop.” While the district has already expanded its programs under Prop. Whether or not the limits on bilingual education are lifted will be up to voters in November.
Commercial publishers of books, written with Spanish and English appearing side-by-side, introduce bilingual skills, increase language and learning abilities and heighten awareness of many cultures. Because of this tremendous increase in the numbers of Asian, Hispanic, and other linguistically and culturally different individuals, school districts can no longer ignore the need for adjusting instructional programs to better serve these groups.