It finally feels like we are making a dent in changing the perspectives of parents and educators. We are beginning to see what Europe has seen for decades- the benefits of being bilingual and even trilingual.
The following article in Scholastic administrators highlight the benefits of dual language instruction programs (learning in two languages) for both English dominant children and English language learners. It also highlights how the US is moving towards wide adoption of such school models showcasing a map that represents 27 states supporting over 300 schools programs. Visit the website http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3752937&FullBreadCrumb=%3Ca+href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.scholastic.com%2Fbrowse%2Fsearch%2F%3FNtx%3Dmode%2Bmatchallpartial%26_N%3Dfff%26Ntk%3DSCHL30_SI%26query%3Ddual%2Blanguage%2Bprograms%26N%3D0%26Ntt%3Ddual%2Blanguage%2Bprograms%22+class%3D%22endecaAll%22%3EAll+Results%3C%2Fa%3E
Scholastic Administrator, Nov/Dec2009, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p10-10, 1/2p, 1 Color Photograph; Abstract: The article discusses the dual-language learning programs in elementary and middle schools in the US.
Claudia is a Full Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Claudia is a researcher, consultant, and teacher educator committed to addressing the needs of bilingual students who are learning English and have a disability.