Bilingual Education Programs Benefits Students

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Bilingual Education Programs Benefits Students In the 1960s, bilingual education programs emerged throughout America because an influx of immigrants entered the United States due to new immigration policies, reveals Brad Brown in his article “The History of Bilingual Education in America.” Bilingual education programs involve putting students in an environment where their native language differs from the language spoken at the school they attend. Most bilingual education programs in the United States focus on teaching students English so the students can have numerous opportunities and options when they graduate from high school, and be able to smoothly integrate into today’s society. According to M. Lee and Maureen McMahon, disagreement about the effectiveness of bilingual education programs arose when Proposition 227 passed through Congress, which stated that students must be taught in English for a majority of the school day. This law made it hard for bilingual education programs to teach students using the same methods that they had been using for years. Therefore, many people believe that bilingual education programs are not effective and schools should find other ways or methods to teach students English effectively. Contrary to the beliefs of many citizens, bilingual education programs effectively teach students English because they provide students with many advantages over their English-speaking peers, promote interaction between students of several different cultures, and the students in these programs succeed with various backgrounds, even including poverty. First of all, bilingual education programs enable students to gain many advantages over their English-speaking peers. Pam Bremer, director of Obersee Bilingual Sch... ... middle of paper ... easily as they would if they developed fluency in their native language first. Overall, there is no solid evidence proving that English immersion programs are more effective than the methods used to teach students in bilingual education programs, but students would benefit more by having the programs not use English immersion as a method to teach them English. Ultimately, students gain numerous advantages and benefits from bilingual education programs. However, the biggest advantage the students gain from being in these programs is having an unlimited number of options and opportunities for education and jobs throughout the world. The students will be able to be a part of society and not be segregated from everyone else. Bilingual education programs positively impact the students’ ability to blend in with society and gain a better knowledge of different cultures.
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