The Great Debate
By: Megan Wessel
Structured English Language Immersion
Students who are in a structured language immersion program acquire skill in structured and uninterrupted lessons based on the program of study.
Structured English Immersion vs. Bilingual Education
The Great Debate
- The debate over which is the best way to educate students with limited english proficiency (SEI) has been expanded.
- Bilingual education and structured English immersion (SEI) are both the two main programs that are under debate.
- ELL students learning English while also learning other subjects has caused great debate on this program.
- Voters in the year 2000 turned down bilingual education which required Arizona to now follow and obey the terms of the SEI program.
- By using the SEI program allows students to learn and understand faster as well as helping them with their cognitive growth.
Pros for English Immersion
- Every year, students will upgrade in proficiency while being involved in the English immersion program.
- Social and economic welfare will be a big advantage as students will be able to help in this area.
- All ELL students will be at the same English speaking quality.
- English only philosophy will be contributed to.
Structured English Immersion (SEI)
- ELL students are positioned with other students who only speak English.
- With this program, it follows precise guidelines so that the students will engage and learn English in a small amount of time.
- One year is given to the students to grow skilled in this program.
- The students should be required to show Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) in order to see if their language skills were met in the program.
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