Wednesday, September 28, 2016

If the public knew more about bilingual education, support for Prop 58 would be much stronger.

Sent to the Sacramento Bee, Sept 28.
If the public knew more about bilingual education, support for Prop. 58 would be much higher.
The UC Berkeley poll ("Bilingual education measure has broad support from California voters," Sept 27) asked if students should be allowed to take classes in their native language "until they learn English."  It did not point out that study after study shows that when students are in properly designed bilingual programs they acquire English more rapidly than similar students do in all-English programs. 
Classes given in the native language accelerate the acquisition of English. When children get quality education in their first language, they learn more subject matter. This knowledge helps make the English they hear more comprehensible, which results in more acquisition of English.

Stephen Krashen
original article: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article104555506.html

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