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The Importance of Bilingual Education

January 23, 2017

The Importance of Bilingual Education

Languages are the key for students to become citizens of the world. It is no coincidence that leading countries in the educational sector focus on training their children and young adults to learn languages.

Countries like Europe have schools that teach the mother tongue and, at the same time, other native languages.

The United States is taking action to solve this issue, with educational laws that help to consolidate schools bilingual programs at schools.

Proposition 58 will come into effect in California in mid-2017, enabling schools to use multiple programs, including bilingual education and leaving behind Proposition 227, which has existed since 1998, insisting on only educational programs in English.

In California, over the last 20 years, there has been a significant transformation in the consciousness of citizens about the importance of speaking many languages.

The National Association of Bilingual Education says: “Linguistic assimilation is more rapid today than at any time in U.S. history. The trend is evident in the latest Census report.  Today, more than ever, we need multilingual skills to enhance national security and prosper in a global economy”. (Nabe, What is Bilingual Education, 2016).

The bilingual student becomes fluent in reading, writing, speaking and understanding two languages simultaneously. They are also able to demonstrate higher levels of cognitive flexibility, or the ability to change their responses based on environment and circumstances.

Having the capacity to speak several languages is strength and an asset to be used in the name of student success.  

Fondo de Cultura Económica wants to provide the best Spanish resources for schools. We have developed a literature program called The Book Truck, where we organize Spanish book fairs.

If you’re interested in having one at your school, click here to schedule a meeting and save the date. We’re accepting your application for 2017!

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” - Nelson Mandela.


By Fondo de Cultura Económica, USA.