Bilingual Education In English

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Multilingual education in the United States goes back further than most would think. Growing up I was only taught English, until the fourth and fifth grade when we were allowed to take french classes if our grades were high enough. It is crazy to think that I can still remember some french. Learning another language has more advantages than disadvantages. Wouldn't you want to be able to travel the world one day, and actually be able to communicate with people that speak languages other than English. Four years later I learned that it is required to have two credits of a foreign language to get your diploma in Louisiana, it helps students to realize the importance of speaking another language besides English. Although, I think a lot of high…show more content…
Research shows that an individual that is enrolled in a bilingual program from elementary to high school are more proficient in English rather than students that are in an English only programmed based school. “Bilingual education can help promote bilingualism without significantly sacrificing English proficiency.” A studied showed that a students in Mandarin immersion outperformed the students in non immersion programs on standardized tests in English. Bilingual education can help improve an individual’s achievement in English. Bilingual immersion is often looked at in the wrong way, in that there has to be a decision made between proficiency in English or the student’s home language. People that oppose bilingual education think that using other languages besides English will “fracture the national identity,” which is tightly bound to speaking English. Some individuals were concerned that encouraging multiple languages and cultures would cause a divide of the United States. Studies show that students are able to learn two or three languages and be academically successful in all of the languages. Bilingual education can work in favor of both students who come from English speaking backgrounds and those who come from non English backgrounds. There are intellectual and cultural advantages of being bilingual. Bilingualism is associated with “cognitive benefits such as increased control over attention, improved working memory, an a better abstract and symbolic representation skills.” Other research shows that bilingualism can help delay Alzheimer’s disease in a individual. There are also economic benefits that come with being bilingual such as better employment with higher salaries and promotions to a higher position. Bilingual education can have a positive effect on relationships, identity, and

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