English Language Learner Issues

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Alderine Holt
ESL 223N
1/28/14
Mrs. Davis

States voter-driven initiatives/laws relating to English language learner issues

It has been a long debate and an important issue concerning English language learner from the school system to legislative forums, and there have been different policies and opinions for over forty years. Bilingual education is a method used to teach ELL students partly in their own language. The concept is that it will enhance their understanding of the curriculum and help them succeed in an English based classroom. The premise is that once the student is fairly competent in English they can progress in the classroom with their peers. Weather these programs are the best education method for ELL students this question has not been answered to address the issues concerning ELL students. The opponents of Bilingual Education believes that it is the ELL student right and need to make use of their native language to ease their transition into a English only education. The opponents also believe that the programs are hindering students’ ability to learn curriculum by keeping them in their native language too long. The Bilingual polices of today society are polices of the Bilingual Education Act of 1968 (Title VII). Congress passed the act as part of Civil Rights Title VI, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or natural origins in programs or activities in any program receiving federal finical assistant. The Bilingual Education Act requires that when needed schools must provide equal educational opportunities specifically for non-English speakers the act is enforce by the Office of Civil Rights. The act requires that students must be attending a suitable program until they know how to read, write, and comprehend English well enough to participate in the entire school curriculum. While policies provide laws that Bilingual…...

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