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lek72



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:05 am    Post subject: Learning in two languages Reply with quote

It is so enriching when students (both ELLs and Native English speakers) are taught in two languages (L1 and L2). They gain language skills (becoming bilingual) and multicultural knowledge that will help them succeed in the future as professionals since our society is becoming global. Through the BE or dual-language program, native english speakers learn a foreign language (i.e. Spanish) while the English language learners acquire a second language that will help them succeed in school and the workforce. What are your thoughts on this topic?
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satter06



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:10 pm    Post subject: Dual Language Programs Reply with quote

Having students learn two languages side by side seems like a great program to be used in schools. Students are able to assist each other and become more familiar with the language that they are trying to learn since they have native speakers there with them. It can also build a sense of community and educate students on more than just languages, but culture as well. However, if not instituted correctly, I can see how one language could dominate the classroom which would cause part of the student body to not benefit as much.
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simone.brazil



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many districts work with bilingual programs, but not as many as we should see. ELLs have a better chance to enhance their skills in both languages when working in a bilingual set. Students feel much more confortable and confident when they have the opportunity to enrich their own language before getting to face the EO classroom.
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