Bilingual Education and Arab-Americans
A discussion of the original purpose of bilingual educational programs as primarily for Spanish speaking children.
# 24403 | 2,700 words | 13 sources | 2002 |
Published on Apr 12, 2003 in Education (Special) , Education (Teaching Methods) , Ethnic Studies (North American) , Education (Multiculturalism)
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Discusses original purpose of bilingual educational programs as primarily for Spanish speaking children. Development of a transitional model not based on a pedagogical foundation. Deveopment of a new model of dual immersion that is based on neurological research. Court decision re: binlingual programs. Cites problems of bilingual education today. Centers on bilingual education in the context of the Arab-American community. ESL studies. Special needs of Arabic speaking children; lack of teachers proficient in Arabic and English.
From the Paper:"Bilingual Education and the Arab-American Community
Bilingual education programs were initiated in the United States and intended to be ?transitional in that their goal was to facilitate the rapid movement of non-English speaking students into mainstream classroom. Luisa Garro (p. 5) claims that these programs were created in the late 1960s and the early 1970s in response to legislation and court orders requiring schools to provide an education in a child's native language. The transitional model was developed rapidly and without much pedagogical foundation.
A new model known as dual immersion is emerging in bilingual education (Garro, p. 5). This model is based on neurological research suggesting that the window of opportunity for..."
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