bilingual education


Definition of bilingual education

: education in an English-language school system in which students with little fluency in English are taught in both their native language and English

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Recent Examples on the Web States including New York, Texas and Illinois require bilingual education. Kevin Carey, New York Times, "The Potential Plus of Having a Former ‘English Learner’ as Education Secretary," 18 Jan. 2021 California reversed its bilingual education ban in 2016, and Massachusetts did the same the following year. Kevin Carey, New York Times, "The Potential Plus of Having a Former ‘English Learner’ as Education Secretary," 18 Jan. 2021 In April, the city announced a Racial Equity Rapid Response team to launch a bilingual education campaign and town hall. Alison Bowen,, "Lost in translation: How language barriers can add anguish and complicate care for COVID-19 patients who don’t speak English," 15 Nov. 2020 Make life miserable for undocumented immigrants, ban affirmative action, then end bilingual education. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Latino ambivalence about affirmative action could doom Prop. 16," 30 Oct. 2020 According to the state Department of Education, there are statewide shortages among individuals certified in bilingual education, mathematics, special education, science and world languages. Amanda Blanco,, "Quarantines and staffing shortages force some Connecticut schools to close for weeks after coronavirus cases," 23 Oct. 2020 In addition to opening up future cultural, educational and professional pathways, bilingual education activates and expands parts of the mind that are largely untapped with monolingual education. Dallas News, "Private schools prepare students to be productive global citizens of the 21st century," 2 Oct. 2020 For decades, Inner Mongolia's model of bilingual education has allowed Mongolian to be used as the language of instruction and Mandarin taught as a subject. Nectar Gan, CNN, "How China's new language policy sparked rare backlash in Inner Mongolia," 5 Sep. 2020 While the government has described these policies as advancing bilingual education, activists say the real goal is to supplant local languages with Mandarin, expediting the erasure of ethnic minority culture. Eva Xiao, WSJ, "China Clamps Down on Mongols Protesting New Mandarin-Language Rules," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bilingual education

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Bilingual education.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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