Dual Language SchoolsDismissing Misconceptions on Dual Language Programs: January Book of the Month: Why Dual Language Schooling by Virginia Collier

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Students and communities are not the only groups that benefit greatly from a dual language education; parents receive great benefits as well. In fact, in their book, Thomas and Collier have dedicated two chapters addressing issues that parents may have, providing research and evidence alongside the benefits as well.

Developing bilingual skills are especially crucial for families who are new arrivals within the country and are trying to decide what's right for their kids. Many times, their first concern is to learn English as they've got to start surviving in the new place. So given the options, sometimes they really don't understand why bilingual schooling is so important for their children. And so these chapters explains in short form what the main issues for why it's so important for their kids to be educated in their home language as well as in English.

One of the hallmarks of their research is that dual language is also not only very effective for English learners, but it's also quite effective for certain groups of native English speakers who historically have not done well in school. And so in a two-way dual language program, you might have students that in the past would be in a title one program or even a special needs program, and those parents think twice about whether a special language program as good for their student who already is not performing well in school. Should they really be in dual language and it usually comes out in some form or another similar to my kid's not doing so good right now, and you teach them in one line which house teaching him into line, which is going to help that and so that's a question that we often encounter from the English speaking parent , the upper middle and middle class, native English speaking.

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According to Collier and Thomas, parents who are well educated and well-traveled don't need any convincing at all; it's the other native English-speaking parents and many parents of English learners who really need to have the full explanation about why this is not just a good thing for somebody else's kid.

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