The Official Language Movement

The Official Language Movement - Checkpoint: The Official...

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Checkpoint: The Official Language Movement The first official federal recognition of the language movement was the 1968 Bilingual Education Act (BEA), which was sponsored by Texas Senator Ralph Yarborough (Garcia, 2007). Its purpose was to support the use of the Spanish language in education along with the study of the English language. The bill, also known as Title VII ended up containing 37 different provisions and was a major step forward, both for the bilingual movement and civil rights. It has been updated several 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 numerous 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 an environment that is culturally aware. Of course, the more attention and funding any movement receives, the more controversy it
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