Check Point - The Official Language Movement

Check Point - The Official Language Movement - The first...

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The first official federal recognition of the modern bilingual movement was the 1968 Bilingual Education Act, sponsored by Texas Senator Ralph Yarborough (Garcia, 2007). Its radical purpose was to support the use of Spanish in education, complementarily to the study of English. The bill, also known as Title VII ended up containing 37 different provisions and was a major step forward, for both the bilingual movement and civil rights. Updated four times since 1968, the BEA has helped schools make strides in supporting bilingual education by awarding competitive grants for staffing and instruction materials. Today there are a number of programs, which, to varying degrees, advance the cause of the bilingual movement. Classes range from short term, transitional ESL for new students to full immersion programs. In these, native English and Spanish speakers collaborate to learn each other's language in a culturally aware environment. Of course, the more attention and funding any movement receive the more
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