State Laws Regarding Language of Instruction Term Paper by Nicky

A brief look at the approaches of California, Colorado and New York towards multilingual education.
# 150040 | 759 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2012 | US

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This paper examines the laws regarding the language of instruction in public schools in the three states of California, Colorado and New York. The paper points out the benefits and drawbacks of these approaches and concludes that as the population grows in diversity, instructional and administrative methods and practices will have to be adjusted to ensure equal learning opportunities as required by law.

California, Colorado, and New York: Three Approaches to Multi-Lingual Education

From the Paper:

"No state's education code or other body of law mandates that instruction take place only in English; every state has had to face the reality of a a population that does not necessarily speak English and so must provide at least some avenue of assistance to limited English speakers. California, Colorado, and New York have all passed legislation that provides for instruction in other languages, yet each also insists that such instruction take place on a limited basis, and that the teaching of English to limited- and non-English speakers is mandatory.
"Surprisingly, California has some of the most restrictive guidelines concerning instruction in languages other than English. Despite having one of the most diverse populations of all fifty states, including one of the largest (if not the largest) populations of immigrants, the only provision in the state's educational code for students struggling with English instruction is that they be placed in a sheltered "English immersion" classroom for a period not to exceed one full year of instruction (CA Education Code Section 305). All other instruction is required to take place in English, and students are required to attend English-speaking classrooms after their year in immersion. This causes some obvious difficulties to non-English speakers who do not hear English spoken in their communities r at home, but instead only learn the language (or, as is often the case, fail to learn the language ) in the schools. California's overall population, and the cost of education that it entails, must be taken into account, however; the benefit of limiting instruction in other languages is that it frees up resources for the general population of English speaking students and those who have learned English through immersion."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • California Education Code Section 305. Accessed 5 August 2009.
  • Colorado Statute 22-24-104. Accessed 5 August 2009.
  • New York Education Code Section 3024.2. Accessed 5 August 2009.

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