Bilingual Education

Jamilet Nino | 6th Period

What does it mean ?

a method to teach non-English speaking students.

  • it began around the 1839
  • Ohio became the first state to adopt a bilingual education law by a complaint of an german-english parents
  • Louisiana enacted an identical provision for French & English in 1847
  • New Mexico territory also did for Spanish & English in 1850
  • By the end of the 19th century, about a dozen states had passed a similar laws
  • During the era of World War l, political feared the loyalty of the non-English speakers, especially the German Americans in particular.
  • This caused a majority of the states to enact English-only instruction laws
  • Some states made it restricted & banned the study of foregin languages
  • By mid-1920s, bilingual schooling was largely dismantled through out the country.
  • LEP Students (Limited English Proficiency) were starting to fall behind in its academic classes & began dropping out of schools at high rates.
  • The Bilingual Education Act of 1968 passed when immigration grew faster & around the civil rights movement.

Bilingual Education Act of 1968

  • Signed into Law on January 2, 1968
  • Also Known as Title VII Of Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; Public Law 90-247
  • The Law: Provided supplemental funding for school districts interested in establishing programs to meet the "special educational needs" of large numbers of children of limited English speaking ability in the United States.

Why is Bilingual Education good?

  • Bilingualism can help to ward off the mental ageing process
  • Bilingual children do better in education
  • Bilingual children do NOT often struggle with ‘language confusion’

  • Bilingual children also gain huge social advantages than other like cultural, communication and personal