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Giving Students A Voice – In Multiple Languages

  • July 07, 2016|
  • 10 months ago

by Andrea Boyle, Lisa Tabaku

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Five Ways States Can Support Dual Language Programs

In a global economy, knowledge of multiple languages and cultures is a hot commodity. More and more schools across the country recognize the importance of bilingualism, offering both English learners and native English speakers opportunities to become proficient in more than one language.

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Supporting Student Voice: Dual Language Programs

Dual language programs are an important way to aid ESL students as well as to provide English-speaking students with the skills to interact with those in other countries. A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education focuses on the role that states can play in developing dual language programs which have been shown to produce lasting and better results than other approaches. What opportunities do you have to introduce this approach in your school systems?

These authors suggest a number of approaches, starting with making the approach a statewide priority. Securing funding, recruiting students, training teachers and measuring results are also important steps to ensure success. Dual language programs can be a great way to bolster English skills as well as fluency in a partner language.

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