Eth 125-Checkpoint WK 7 - Two Opposing Views of...

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Two Opposing Views of Bilingualism http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/sec_document.asp?CID=196&DID=564 Other countries do not view bilingual education as having a negative impact on local culture. Spain and the British Council have created a program to teach Spaniard children using a curriculum that is taught in both Spanish and English. Ramos (1999) stated, “The development of literacy in the students' first language coupled with strong oral skills in English and exposure to the British culture is considered to set the basis for developing a strong academic and cultural program.” (para. 6). This program is in direct opposition of Proposition 227 that was passed in California on June 2, 1998. Proposition 227 directs that all academics be taught in English. Bilingual Program Falling Short http://englishfirst.org/be/bect62001.htm Many students suffer in the bilingual educational program because they move between districts. Teachers are poorly trained to deliver curriculum in a bilingual setting. Students are being forced to learn English rapidly. Those who are unable to master English within three years
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