ERIC Number: ED484892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Defining Our Transitional Bilingual Program
Rodriguez, Jose L.
Intercultural Development Research Association
Bilingual education is meant to build a bridge that helps students become proficient in their native language and English. Many children do not make it over that bridge. Often, it is not discovered until they are in the second or third grade that the student does not have a proficiency in either language. When a third grade teacher finds students who are still classified as non-Spanish speakers and limited English speakers, then something very wrong has happened, especially if the students have been enrolled in the district since pre-kindergarten. When teachers discover that children cannot read in either English or Spanish, they find it extremely difficult to bring the students up to grade level. Most often these students are language-minority students, or English language learners. [This document originally appeared in the "IDRA Newsletter", however some accompanying charts and graphs may not be provided here.]
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Bilingualism, English (Second Language), Bilingual Education, Limited English Speaking, Elementary School Students
Intercultural Development Research Association, 5835 Callaghan Road, Suite 350, San Antonio, Texas 78228-1190. Tele:210-444-1710 ; Fax: 210-444-1714;
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.