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The Future of Education is in Two Languages

Language Magazine – Fabrice Jaumont

“Gregg Roberts once said that monolingualism is the illiteracy of the 21st century. So, I ask, what if we lived in a world where every child could grow up bilingual? If this idea inspires you, then know that there is a way to do it. Through the hard work of parents and educators, a renewed push for bilingual programs is changing the educational landscape of schools, communities, and cities around the world.” (more)

The kids in LAUSD who most need dual language instruction aren’t enrolling yet

KPCC – Kyle Stokes

“Los Angeles Unified school officials often tout the district’s “dual language immersion” programs as a huge success story. In dual language programs, students spend at least half – if not most – of their day learning in a languages ranging from Spanish, Mandarin or even Armenian. Each dual language classroom features a mix of native English speakers with students who speak the “target language” proficiently.” (more)

Advancing Dual-Language Education

Language Magazine – Jenny Muniz

“Dual-language programs, which provide instruction in both English and a partner language, are rapidly emerging across the country. Yet despite their growing appeal, state and local dual-language implementation policies and practices remain inconsistent. This makes it difficult for both new and existing dual-language programs to assess the quality of their programs and plan for improvement. The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Dual Language Education of New Mexico (DLENM), and Santillana USA address this challenge and outline a set of quality benchmarks for dual-language programs in the newest edition of the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education.”(more)

The Need for and Challenge of Bringing More Dual-Language Teachers into Classrooms

Education World – Joel Stice

“The U.S. Hispanic population accounts for 56 percent of the country’s population growth since 2000, according to the Pew Research Center. What this means for schools is that roughly five million or one out of every 10 school children are classified as English language learners (ELLs). Many of these students are immigrants or first-generation from Spanish-speaking countries and while they might know some English, it may not be the primary language spoken at home. This elevates the potential for them to easily fall behind in school. Because of this, the need for bilingual or dual-language teachers continues to rise in many parts of the country.”(more)

Voter initiative opens door to expansion of popular dual language immersion programs

Ed Source – Ashley Hopkinson

“As an initiative approved by California voters last November clears the path for districts to increase opportunities for students to become fluent in more than one language, the Fresno Unified School District is creating an educational track that will provide dual language instruction from preschool through 12th grade. The goal of the program is for English learners and native English speakers to start mastering two languages earlier in their school careers, and to maintain those skills through classes at every grade level.”(more)

The State of Dual-Language Education Initiatives in U.S. Classrooms

Education World – Joel Stice

“As of 2015, there are 41 million native-Spanish speakers or roughly 13 percent of the population in the United States. To put that in perspective, there are more people, including second-language speakers, in the United States who speak Spanish than in Spain. Spanish is the second-most natively spoken language in the world, with around 400 million. Mandarin Chinese takes the top spot at nearly a billion native speakers, while English comes in third place. With business being more global now than any other point in human history, the need for more bilingual education is on the minds of many education experts.”(more)