In the past 30 years, there has been a surge of immigration into the United States. English-Only (Submersion) Programs: Students placed in an English-speaking classroom with native English speakers, regardless of the student’s level of proficiency in English. And yet it can be hard to point to places where our education system is really making use of the latest neuroscience findings.
One of the most notable was the eight-year (1984-1991) Longitudinal Study of Structured English Immersion Strategy, Early-Exit and Late-Exit Programs for Language-Minority Children. Critics of bilingual education maintain that the best way of teaching English to non-English speakers is not to instruct them in their home language but instead to immerse them in English.
The program has been so successful that the Cambodian Government recently adopted a bilingual education policy based on CARE’s project. Many schools have either bilingual or dual language immersion programs that were established while Prop. Sport, music – A good bilingual school will offer a program that includes music and sport enrichment.
In Israel, bilingual education programs not only help both the Arabic-and Hebrew-speaking populations become bilingual, they also teach Hebrew to immigrants from around the world. And, last year, New Mexico became one of a growing number of states to approve a seal of bilingualism or biliteracy for its high school graduation diploma, following other states, including California and New York.
The team leader works hand in hand with the teachers in the bilingual program to identify and create resources together. Obstacles to bilingual education can include school financing, cultural resistance and, Weyer noted, finding qualified and experienced bilingual teachers.