A Bilingual Educational System

Nov
25
2010

Since the 1960s, the bilingual education debate has had its place in the media. Discussions of the good and bad of bilingual education are believed to have originated from two acts, the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Bilingual Education Act (1968) that played such a dominant role in shaping laws for bilingual education.

Lately, the pros of bilingual education have become a critical topic of much scrutiny among scholars, parents, teachers and various educational organizations. Understanding various bilingual educational benefits will help us take an unbiased stand on the effectiveness of a bilingual educational system.

For those that have no idea, in bilingual education, students are taught over a period of time in their native language and English is treated as a second language. It is taught at the same time and only when the student is believed to have attained a certain proficiency in their native language. Supposedly, this makes it easier to master English. Technically and simply speaking, bilingual education is any educational system that encourages teaching more than one language.

Of course, depending on the type of multiple languages used to teach, there can be various types of bilingual educational systems. According to proponents of bilingual educational systems, the most important benefit of bilingual education system is that a student who is from a non-English speaking background can Easily Learn English. From their work, it is easier to pick it up during his language development, in his native language as well as English.

Besides, it's great to be proficient in more than one language. What problem does it create if a student is well conversed in English as well as his mother's native tongue? Besides that, a child who is exposed to multiple languages will be able to develop a better sense for appreciating differing cultures and understanding vastly different societies.

After all, now we're living in a global world, so being multilingual is always an asset in firms and business works. One added bonus to more people taking advantage of becoming bilingual is that a child can easily use his native language in groups and he won't feel ashamed of it.

Often, the case is that the speaker of a foreign language is just aware of their native tongue and may face problems like hesitation and clarity when expressing themselves. The bilingual educational system would be a beautiful form of education as the non-English speakers can learn English, even while strengthening their cultural bonds by remaining proficient in their mother tongue as well.

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