Bilingual Education

bilingual education, the sanctioned use of more than one language in U.S. education. The Bilingual Education Act (1968), combined with a Supreme Court decision (1974) mandating help for students with limited English proficiency, requires instruction in the native languages of students. The National Association for Bilingual Education (founded 1975) is the main U.S. professional and advocacy organization for blingual education. Critics (including the national group English First), who maintain that some students never join mainstream classes, have attempted to make English the "official" language in several states and cities; state ballot initiatives approved in California (1998) and Arizona (2000) mostly eliminated bilingual education programs there. Bilingualism proponents note the importance of ethnic heritage and the preservation of language and culture, as well as the need to educate non-English-speaking students in all subjects, not just English.

See K. Hakuta, Mirror of Language: The Debate on Bilingualism (1986); J. Cummins and D. Corson, Bilingual Education (1997); and H. Kloss, The American Bilingual Tradition (1998).

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Bilingual Education: Selected full-text books and articles

Bilingual Education: From Compensatory to Quality Schooling By María Estela Brisk Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998
Key Concepts in Bilingual Education: Identity Texts, Cultural Citizenship, and Humanizing Pedagogy By Fránquiz, María E New England Reading Association Journal, Vol. 48, No. 1, July 1, 2012
Situational Context of Education: A Window into the World of Bilingual Learners By María Estela Brisk; Angela Burgos; Sara Hamerla Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004
Literacy and Bilingualism: A Handbook for All Teachers By María Estela Brisk; Margaret M. Harrington Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000
Bilinguality and Bilingualism By Josiane F. Hamers; Michel H. A. Blanc Cambridge University Press, 2000 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Bilingual Education"
Unz Got Your Tongue: What Have We Lost with the English-Only Mandates? By Berriz, Berta Rosa Radical Teacher, No. 75, Winter 2005
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Language Politics in the U.S.A.: The Paradox of Bilingual Education By Crawford, James Social Justice, Vol. 25, No. 3, Fall 1998
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Staying the Course in Times of Change By Mora, Jill Kerper Journal of Teacher Education, Vol. 51, No. 5, November 2000
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Children as Pawns: The Politics of Educational Reform By Timothy A. Hacsi Harvard University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Is Bilingual Education a Good Idea?"
Bilingual Education: Teachers' Narratives By Nancy Lemberger Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997
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