Tuesday, June 3, 2008

More Bilingual Education May be on the Way

Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education
OELA Newsline
Democrat Herald (OR)
May 28, 2008

Jennifer Moody reports that the Albany Public School District has recently formed a committee to develop additional bilingual classes at the elementary level in order to accommodate the increasing number of students who speak a language other than English. The plan is to establish a pilot program by fall of 2009 or 2010. In the future, committee members will be deciding whether a dual language program or a one-way instruction program will be most effective within the district. ELL coordinator Ellen Carlson is in favor of bilingual education. Carlson, who has been influenced by research, believes "being able to study concepts first in their native tongue, then in English, leads to quicker mastery of both concept and language."

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