Bilingual education is the process of teaching students using two languages. The rise of modern-day English-only initiatives has stirred anxieties about bilingualism and doubts about the merits of bilingual education. To answer this question, one must first clarify the meaning of the word restructuring.” Simply stated, restructuring is the word that has been attached to the change movement going on in education today. A closer read of the data, however, tells a more complicated story about how California kids are, and aren’t, learning English. He insists bilingual instruction cheats poor, Latino immigrant children — but he believes that’s not going to stop Proposition 58 from passing. Since the first colonists arrived on American shores, education has been provided through languages other than English. Issue of Northwest Education Magazine which features articles relating to the Hispanic Child.
Ron Unz is the Silicon Valley millionaire who orchestrated the statewide campaign to restrict bilingual education in 1998. One result has been a great expansion of bilingual education to provide for the educational needs of students with limited proficiency in English. Unz says he just can’t imagine large numbers of immigrant parents flocking to bilingual programs based on what he calls the flawed notion that you have to build on children’s home language in order to help them master English. Our guide explores approaches to bilingualism in schools and outlines our support for bilingual practice.
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. Translating Culture: From Ethnographic Information to Educational Program.” Anthropology and Education Quarterly 16: 105-123.
Whether they spend 10 to 20 percent or 50 percent of their instructional day in English, students in such programs are equally proficient in English. NYSABE is affiliated with the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) and The New York State Council of Educational Associations (NYSCEA). Despite its idealistic vision, mainstreaming bilingual education is a test of California’s political will. In Andalusia (Spain’s second southernmost region), things have changed drastically concerning bilingual education since the introduction of the Plurilingualism Promotion Plan by the autonomous government. Proponents of bilingual instruction say the change is long overdue, but opponents are convinced it will be a huge mistake. Comparing programs is difficult due to inconsistent implementation of English-only instructional modes across schools.
Cambridge works in partnership with schools and ministries of education to ensure that Cambridge programmes fit in with national requirements. In Ireland, bilingual education is being implemented to restore the native language. Bilingual schools were also provided for the French students in Louisiana and Spanish-speaking children and other groups in early southwestern regions of the United States. Language-minority students in U.S. schools speak virtually all of the world’s languages, including more than a hundred that are indigenous to the United States. It would also remove the requirement that parents who want to enroll their children in bilingual education programs apply for annual waivers. There are numerous studies that document the effectiveness of bilingual education.