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Bilingual Education vs English Immersion

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Antoine Hage

on 30 April 2013

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Transcript of Bilingual Education vs English Immersion

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Deven Castanon
Antoine Hage
Brittany Holmes
Brizet Morales
Jerald Polohanan Bilingual Education
English Immersion Purpose Comparing the effectiveness of bilingual education and English immersion programs on academic performances.

Impacts of English immersion and bilingual education.

Debate between English immersion and dual language model. Arguments Bilingual education is socially disruptive and is less effective in the short term.

English immersion is not sensitive to English learners' needs, and is less effective in the long term.

Underlying causes for ELL difficulties exist and need to be addressed. Approach Use of statistics to make decisions about language instruction.

Not just about resources but quality of programs.

Focus on other potential causes including poverty, length of time in the U.S., or initial language proficiency.

Historical approach on the use of non-English languages. Conclusion The gap between ELLs and native English speakers is not narrowing.

The issue is becoming less politicized.

The educational theory is not an isolated. Assumptions It's only a political issue without concern for education.
Problems with the current system will continue to exist.
Policies segregate bilingual students.
All parents whose first language isn't English want their children in bilingual programs. Questions Should English be the official language of the United States?
Which do you think is the best theory: bilingual education or English immersion?
Do you think the federal government would fare better than the state governments at getting ELLs to proficiency level in English? More Questions! Do you believe that the current standards in education for ELLs are too high or too low?
Does providing aid to ELLs in schools for testing purposes cause more harm than good?
Is there a possible solution, or balance, that can be achieved by embracing a hybrid system of immersion and bilingual education? If so, what would it look like?
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