Dual Language Programs: how to make the most out of distance learning

In the last few years, we have seen an increase in dual language programs.

These are education programs in which students are taught simultaneously in two languages. This increase responds to efforts to reduce the education achievement gap between US students that are native English speakers and those that are non-native English speakers. However, additional benefits for these programs include bridging the gap between US students and students in other parts of the world who are used to learning in several languages for decades, and empowering non-native students to maintain proficiency in their native language and become fully bilingual in English and their native language.

These dual-language programs give Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese or Russian-speaking students a chance to receive part of their instruction in their native language. The language barrier not only affects children but their limited-English speaking parents as well, making them less involved in their children’s education and often creating disdain as opposed to pride on their roots.

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