They need to learn the academics to help them succeed in the future, but how can they learn anything if they don’t even speak English? Fo... ... middle of paper ... ...English immersion programs. There are perhaps thousands of groups that are and will be affected by bilingual education now and in the future. However, three main groups are affected more directly than most. Their correlation with the bilingual education controversy makes their standpoint on English immersion very biased.
Ms. Velez stated that she supports bilingual education because, first and foremost, she is a product of it, and second because she believes the program allows the children to earn credit and learn the language at the same time. She said that if the non-English speaking child were immersed in the English mainstream classes they will fail, and as a result the already high drop out rate of Latinos would increase. Ms. Harrison felt that the bilingual education program would be even stronger and more effective if it served more of the ethnic groups in Hartford. The Vietnamese, Lao, and Albanian students are often put in transitional classes because there are not enough in that particular ethnic group to create a bilingual class that will help them to learn English, while maintaining their primary language. Presently, the state requires twenty students who need assistance in the same language to hire a teacher to create a class for them.
Bilingualism is a hot topic in California's political arena as well. The move to halt bilingual education is a prime example of this. Although a large portion of the population speaks a second language, such as Spanish, there are those who trumpet the benefits of monolingualism in schools. They cite the opinion that children will be confused in school and will not be able to differentiate between the two languages. Theories of Adolescent Bilingualism Cognitive Importance The purpose of this paper is to explain the different effects that bilingualism affects cognitive processes, specifically language development.
Giuliani was quoted regarding bilingual education by saying, "It's cruel to them and gives them less of a chance to succeed" (Willen 8). This is a bizarre view that Giuliani is issuing considering that it has been proven that students who are enrolled in bilingual classes perform better on standard eyes tests. This is an advantage for these students to succeed considering that the better the test grades the better the opportunity to get into good college. In addition one can notice that knowing more than one language can "utilize the strengths of bilingual children to prepare all students to compete in a global economy that increasingly calls for multilingual and multicultural expertise" (Beyer 11). Bilingual education can be seen beneficial in many schools and helps students prepare for a future in corporate America.
While the act may still have areas in need of improvement, it illustrates that educators, parents, and students alike have been desirous of reform within school systems. “The number of calls complaining about high-stakes exams coming from parents...are increasing, and is a reason for concern” (Report, 2001). The recent act caters to the actualization that students are different from one another, and in order for teaching and learning to take place in a non-discriminatory manner, adjustments must be made. According to the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), “Alternative assessment is any form of measuring what students know and are able to do other than traditional standardized tests. Alternative forms of assessment include portfolios that are collections of students' work over time, performance-based assessments, and other means of testing students such as open-ended essays with no single correct answer, and project work that involves collaboration with peers” (2000).
These resources concluded that there are a variety of debates as well as pros and cons to this type of program. Some of the pros included were: it ensures success, promotes English learning at the same time, have an easier time learning other languages. On the contrary many believe Bilingual education is a waste of money due to high cost and students become resistant to integration. Many also believe the students will actually be delayed in learning the English
While the others said the bilingual education is not a good way to help the non-native speakers to learn the English effectively because it focuses too much on their native language and failed to teach the English to them. ?Research speaks of increasing numbers of students i... ... middle of paper ... ...glish and can understand very well in class. As a whole, Bilingual Education should not be abolished because immigrants need this program to help them to be successful in the United States. The goal of bilingual education is good because it helps immigrants maintain their native language. This will benefit them a lot, and it also can help new immigrants to adjust into the new culture smoothly.
It can have definite impacts on learning all other subjects, because if the student doesn’t have a mastery of English mechanics it affects the ability of that student to master other subject areas due to the language barrier. Some school districts have implemented programs for teaching English Language Learners (ELL) but there isn’t a one size fits all approach that will work for all students. The problem we have discovered is in language acquisition; “the amount of time required for English proficiency depends on multiple factors such as age, prior schooling experiences, parents’ education level, the instruction provided, exposure to English, and teacher quality” (Johnson et al.,175). A popular debate centers on whether or not to use the students’ native language in the instruction or to immerse the student solely in English for instruction. Understanding how language is acquired and processed can be beneficial to the learning process, and possibly find better way to teach ESL.
This can be achieved by focusing more attention on reforming the K-12 education system, and on movements to help colleges to release more information about their enrollment. Mismatch in affirmative action admissions can have both large- and small-sca... ... middle of paper ... ...up controversy to this day, and rightfully so. To many, the chance for a first-class education represents a hope for a better future. Reforming affirmative action would allow these people to have the opportunity they desire so much, and in a fair, non-discriminatory, and effective way. After all, in the Supreme Court case Grutter v. Bollinger, Justice Sandra Day O’ Connor wrote in her majority opinion that “We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today” (qtd.
America is often referred to as the “Great Melting Pot” where many people of various ethnicities, cultures, etc have made their home. However, the primary language spoken in America is English, and most Americans believe that speaking English should be a requirement. Foreign students, whose primary language is not English, are usually automatically placed into bilingual educational programs. Bilingual education programs are used to edify students in the English language while they slowly transition from their native tongue into the American educational system. Sometimes these automatic placements have a negative effect on the students: the foreign students often do not receive the same amount of exposure of learning in one uniform language as other American students do.