ERIC Number: ED442913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
New Trends in Language Education for Hispanic Students. ERIC/CUE Digest Number 155.
Schwartz, Wendy, Ed.
This digest summarizes the effective bilingual strategies described in a commissioned paper, "Transforming Education for Hispanic Youth: Exemplary Practices" by Anne Turnbaugh Lockwood and Walter G. Secada, and the recommendations of the Hispanic Dropout Project (U.S. Department of Education) for transforming bilingual education at all school levels. Several educational policies are necessary to promote effective bilingual education practices. Native Spanish-speaking students need to continue in a bilingual program until they have a solid linguistic foundation that enables their mastery of other academic subjects as well as English and Spanish. Schools need to convey the expectation that students will become literate in English and learn to high standards. Bilingual education should be depoliticized, and the early tracking of limited English proficient students into low reading groups and other slow classes must be discontinued. Teacher training is essential to effective bilingual education programs. Some exemplary programs at high school, middle school, and elementary levels are identified, and the instructional strategies of these schools are discussed. Tutoring programs may provide valuable help for bilingual students, and two such programs are described. Components of effective bilingual programs are not all the same, but some universal principles emerge. Successful programs revise their approaches as new strategies are proven effective and new student needs are identified. Effective schools recognize the necessity of proficiency in both languages, and they offer individualized instruction and other aids. Successful schools also maintain an atmosphere that supports the belief that all students are equally valuable and that they all will succeed. (SLD)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Dropouts, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Hispanic American Students, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.