Essay about Bilingual Education Vs. English Immersion

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Rhetorical Analysis: Positivity of Bilingual Education
Bilingual education has positively affected foreign children with their overall lives. Kenneth Jost’s, Harvard College and Georgetown University Law Center alumni, article, “Bilingual Education vs. English Immersion” is about the positive significance of bilingual education in public schools. Jeff Bale’s, a language education professor at Michigan State University, article, “Bilingual Education is the Best Approach for English Language Learners” also explains why this type of education is effective for foreign students. Together, both of these authors provide an effective argument with the use of reasoning, credibility, and emotion, but also include logical fallacies.
Jost’s and Bale’s article exhibits the use of logos. Jost begins his article with an anecdote about Miriam Flores, a third-grade girl, who received a bilingual education for two years, but then her program was terminated. Flores, an excellent student prior to the alteration who focused on Spanish, felt as if her new “only English” speaking teacher, resulted in poor school performance (Jost, para 6). No one would help Flores, so the Horne vs Flores federal court case developed (Jost, para 7). When an author uses anecdotes (pathos), the reader empathizes for the younger girl whose education is halted, especially with keywords such as “nightmares”, “difficulties”, “down” and “uninterested” (Jost 1). Bale uses logical reasoning by including many facts…

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