Bilingualism in the News

by multilingualmania on August 10, 2010

in Bilingual Advocacy, Bilingual Education, Bilingualism

Newspaper and teaPredominately Immigrant School Defies Odds: This article about the El Sol Dual Immersion public charter academy in Santa Ana, California demonstrates how students in effective Dual Immersion programs can score comparably to or outperform their counterparts in English-only programs. One key to success is the school’s philosophy about serving the whole child by providing a variety of services ranging from health, parent involvement and other services.

Bilingual Education Changes Have Parents, Teachers Concerned: This video shows the classic attack on bilingual education programs that we face on a daily basis. Parents and teachers are concerned that the Alisal school district in central California is changing their bilingual program to include more English in the first grade. We definitely know from research that adding additional instruction in English will not automatically solve the problem of low performance. We suggest that Alisal school officials first focus on improving the quality of their bilingual programs before throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Our introductory article, Critical Components of Effective Bilingual Education Programs, would be a good starting point.

School Language Programs Thriving: A common myth about bilingual education is that bilingual programs are often more expensive than English-only programs. False! This articles details how a district in California is expanding Dual Immersion programs in the midst of a severe budget crisis, because they are no more expensive than other programs.

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