ERIC Number: ED384213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Evaluations of Current Bilingual Programs.
English First Foundation, Springfield, VA.
A discussion of bilingual education programs focuses on the methodology and stated results of program evaluations. It begins with definitions of five program designs for limited-English-proficient students: English-only; structured English immersion; English as a Second Language (ESL); structured home language immersion; and transitional bilingual education. The political context in which federal bilingual education initiatives were undertaken is examined, and early efforts to evaluate the resulting programs are reviewed. Substantial evidence that the programs have failed in meeting their stated objectives is drawn from the literature. It is concluded from this that the bilingual education movement persists not because policymakers want children to speak better English, but because of a broader agenda to promote cultural acceptance. (MSE)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Language Role, Politics of Education, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, Teaching Methods
English First Foundation, 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 (free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: English First Foundation, Springfield, VA.