ERIC Number: EJ974530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar-28
Reference Count: N/A
"Dual" Classes See Growth in Popularity
Maxwell, Lesli A.
Education Week, v31 n26 p1, 16-17 Mar 2012
Growing numbers of schools are offering dual-language classes, where teachers split instruction between English and a second language. The numbers of dual-language-immersion programs have been steadily growing in public schools over the past decade or so, rising to more than 2,000 in 2011-12, according to estimates from national experts. That growth has come even as the numbers of transitional-bilingual-education programs shrank in the aftermath of heated, politically charged ballot initiatives pushing English immersion in states like Arizona, Massachusetts, and in California. Experts say the interest in dual-language programs now is driven by an increased demand for bilingual and biliterate workers and by educators who see positive impacts on academic achievement for both English-learners and students already fluent in English.
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Immersion Programs, Bilingual Education, Politics of Education, Conflict, Language of Instruction, Cultural Awareness, World Views, Expertise, Educational Demand, Academic Achievement, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, English
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California; Utah