Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bilingual programs do not prevent the acquisition of English – they facilitate it. (Letter in LA Times, 9/10/16)

Published in the Los Angeles Times, Sept 10, 2016
To the editor: I strongly agree with your editorial. In fact, bilingual education is even more effective than the Times' sources indicate.
( “Return to bilingual education,” Editorial, Sept. 7)
The most rigorous research design is to compare the progress of children in bilingual programs and children in all-English programs with similar backgrouds.
In general, these studies have shown that children enrolled in bilingual programs do better than children in all-English programs on tests of English reading.
Bilingual programs do not prevent the acquisition of English – they facilitate it.
Stephen Krashen, Los Angeles

ORIGINAL VERSION Sent to the Los Angeles Times, Sept. 7, 2016

I strongly agree with the LA Times editorial: "Proposition 58 would bring back bilingual education in California. And that's a good thing." 

In fact, bilingual education is even more effective than the Times' sources indicate.  The most rigorous research design is to compare the progress of children in bilingual programs and children in all-English programs with similar backgrounds. In general, these studies have shown that children enrolled in bilingual programs do better than children in all-English programs on tests of English reading.

In the most recent analysis, Professor Grace McField (Cal State San Marcos) and David McField (MiraCosta College) examined 89 studies comparing bilingual education and English immersion. They concluded that when the programs and research design are set up correctly, the superiority of bilingual education is considerably larger than previously reported.

Bilingual programs do not prevent the acquisition of English – they facilitate it.

Stephen Krashen

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