Benefits and Risks of Bilingual Education Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the benefits and challenges of bilingual education for schoolchildren.
# 150145 | 2,330 words | 8 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 29, 2012 in Education (ESL) , Education (Multiculturalism)

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This paper explores the issue of bilingual education from a pragmatic and empirical perspective, identifying both the benefits to children, to communities and societies, and the challenges in providing bilingual education. The paper finds that bilingual education enhances both the individual students who receive bilingual instruction and the communities in which these students live, in terms of increased academic ability and preparedness as well as in the form of monetary gain over the long term. The paper discusses how concerns regarding the loss or degradation of culture and heritage due to bilingual education are largely unfounded, with evidence that shows that bilingual instruction actually enhances ties to cultural and linguistic heritage.

Assimilation vs. Representation
The Real Cost of Bilingual Education
Academic Achievement

From the Paper:

"The world is growing increasingly diverse, both in real physical terms and through the use of technologies like the Internet that draw people together from the world over. As people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds interact on a more and more regular basis, linguistic differences are becoming a greater barrier to effective communication and commerce. Bilingual education programs have been started in many different communities in many different countries, and the effects of these programs have generally been both highly evident and extremely positive in fostering a greater preparedness for working in a diverse world.
"This is not to suggest that bilingual education programs do not present any additional problems to often-strained educational systems and communities whose identities might already be endangered by increased assimilation and/or encroachment. It has even been suggested that bilingual education can in some instances have the effect of diminishing a certain sense of civic responsibility and shift priorities to a life outside the community (Hu 2008). In addition, there are financial and other practical problems attendant upon implementing and sustaining bilingual education programs, and these programs must continue during adolescence and early adulthood if they are to be truly effective, exacerbating these practical problems (Krashen 1997)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • CABE. (2009). California association for bilingual education official website. Accessed 11 September 2009.
  • EPE. (2004). "English language learners." Editorial projects in education research center. Accessed 11 September 2009.
  • Hu, G. (2008). "The misleading academic discourse on Chinese-English bilingual education in China." Review of educational reearch 78(20, pp. 195-231.
  • Krashen, S. (1997). "Why bilingual education?" ERIC digest. Accessed 11 September 2009.
  • Mora, J. (2006). "Identifying fallacious arguments in the bilingual education debate." San Diego state university. Accessed 11 September 2009.

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