Multilingualism In Education

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This paper mainly focuses on the importance of bilingual / multilingual or plurilingual programs in schools for children, parents, educators and society. According to Bailey (2015), the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is an institution which the principal goal is to be dedicated to students who learn English; once they learn English they are considered monolinguals. The problem here is that it does not take into consideration the bilingual abilities and competencies learners possess; it does not matter the content students know in other languages neither the ability to speak other languages. Bailey (2015) states that multilingualism has important advantages which affect, in a positive way, and it applies directly to the…show more content…
Multilingualism also allows promoting tolerance, peace, and respect among the members of a society in the same manner with people from different backgrounds. The concept of bilingualism is included on the concept of multilingualism; it is the way in which languages are acquired and used in different situations. Multilingualism allows to several languages to be in contact; for example, in a household where each parent speaks a different language, another example is where all family members speak English and other…show more content…
With an appropriate use of school programs, dedicated teachers, collaborative groups, activities, resources, and the use of translanguaging are suggested for obtaining better results in bilingual students. Pacheco (2015) defines academic literacies as the ability students possess to make meaning in any discipline given at school and in any academic context. Students have the ability to understand academic vocabulary in context; they are able to understand the communicative functions of different ways of expression in academic language, giving examples; learners also have the ability to understand meaning of an academic text going beyond a simple
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