Monday, July 11, 2016

Wrong about bilingual education

Sent to the Boston Herald, July 11, 2016

Rosalie Porter ("A poor LOOK at language ed," July 10) claims that bilingual education "has failed our English learners for decades." That's not what the research says.  Studies done over several decades have shown that bilingual education works: students in bilingual programs outperform students with similar backgrounds in all-English programs on tests of English reading. 
The data and research supporting bilingual education is stronger than ever. In a recent publication, Grace and David McField reviewed all previous studies comparing bilingual education and English immersion. Their conclusion: when both program quality and research quality are considered, the superiority of bilingual education for promoting English literacy is substantial, considerably larger than previously reported.

Porter argues that the requirement that children “be taught English as rapidly and effectively as possible" should not removed from state law. I agree.   Well-designed bilingual education makes sure that English is taught as rapidly and effectively as possible.

Stephen Krashen
Professor Emeritus
University of Southern California

original article: http://www.bostonherald.com/opinion/op_ed/2016/07/porter_a_poor_look_at_language_ed

source: McField, G. and McField, D. 2014.  "The consistent outcome of bilingual education programs: A meta-analysis of meta-analyses." In Grace McField (Ed.) The Miseducation of English Learners. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing. pp. 267-299.


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  1. Their conclusion: when both program quality and research quality are considered, the superiority of bilingual education for promoting English literacy is substantial, considerably larger than previously reported.

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