Tag: bilingual

California’s Senate Education Committee has recommended that the state’s voters be asked to repeal Proposition 227, the 1998 initiative requiring public school instruction in English. The California Ed.G.E. (Education for a Global Economy) Initiative (Language Magazine, April 2014), authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach) advanced out of the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 7 to 0....

Read Conmigo, the bilingual literacy campaign for children sponsored by Infinity Auto Insurance, has declared the first annual Bilingual Literacy Month this May. As the first celebration of its kind, Bilingual Literacy Month aims to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of raising bilingual kids. More...

Lawmakers in Louisiana are pushing to make language immersion a right. “Every kid should have the right of a bilingual education,” said Rep. Stephen Ortego (D) of Carenco. “It’s not fair it’s the luck of the draw if you get in. We would be the first to make bilingual education a right.” House Bill 763 is identical to Senate Bill 558,...

Bilingual education programs have a very positive effect on the native English speakers attending schools with such programs even though they do not take part in them, according to a groundbreaking study published in the Journal of Public Economics. Texas elementary students who speak English as their home language and were enrolled in schools with bilingual education programs performed much...

The RAND Corporation, a nonprofit think tank, is studying the effects of dual-language immersion on student achievement in Portland Public Schools with a three-year, $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The study is being conducted in partnership with the American Councils for International Education and the Portland Public School District. Jennifer Steele, a...

Alcalá de Henares, Spain, May 9-11, 2013 Instituto Franklin-UAH will host the First International Conference on Bilingual Education in a Globalized World: Comparison between Spain and the United States. This conference aims to be an open forum for debate among specialists and people interested in education, bilingualism and its relationship with other social, cultural, political, economic, linguistic and pedagogical issues. The...

In the first randomized-assignment study in which English language learners were followed for as long as five years, researchers have found that Spanish-speaking children learn to read English equally well regardless of whether they are taught primarily in English or in both English and their native language. The findings lend considerable weight to the argument for bilingual education, as...

One America, Many Voices Act Rep Michael Honda (CA-15), Chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, has introduced the One America, Many Voices Act of 2010, which recognizes the importance of bi- and multi-lingual skills in America’s workforce. The One America, Many Voices Act, also known as the Bilingual Pay Bill, provides a 5% incentive to the base...

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