<b> Forum for the discussion of all aspects of bilingual education </b>
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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?
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.
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.
Bilingual education is common in many parts of the world. In the Netherlands kids learn in Dutch up until the end of primary education and then learn English. I've spoken to a few and they are fine. With English entertainment making inroads into all non-English speaking countries, it's not uncommon to find English to be quite a popular language!