ERIC Number: EJ917579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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Bilingual and Bicultural
Murphy, Audrey F.
Principal, v90 n2 p40-42, 44, 46-47 Nov-Dec 2010
In recent years, the dual-language program model has become popular in many schools across the nation, and the classes have already been flourishing in countries outside the U.S. for years. Dual-language programs are an excellent way to provide academic instruction for both English-language learners (ELLs) and English-proficient speakers. Since both groups learn together, each benefits from the cooperative setting: The ELLs learn English and academic content, while the proficient English speakers learn another language and participate in an academically rigorous instructional setting. In this article, the author provides some suggestions on choosing a language and model, equipping the classroom, selecting teachers, programming the dual-language classes, and preparing an orientation meeting for parents and staff. The magic of dual-language programs is students collaborating on cognitively demanding tasks in both English and the target language. While working together in partnerships and studying together, both ELLs and English-proficient students learn about each other's language and culture--becoming bilingual and bicultural--which is truly a valuable commodity in the 21st century.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Limited English Speaking, Bilingualism, Second Language Learning, Bilingual Education, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Selection, Program Effectiveness, Cooperation, Native Speakers, Biculturalism, Orientation, Academic Achievement
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