The Theory Of Bilingual Education And Bilingualism Essay

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In chapter 8 it discussed a reason why we have to teach a balanced bilingual curriculum in the classroom. The textbook “Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism” by Colin Baker expressed the cognitive theories of bilingualism and the curriculum. There are three theories that make up the cognitive theories for bilingualism; The Balance Theory, The Iceberg Analogy, and The Thresholds Theory. Within the Iceberg Analogy it broke town the 6 parts of the Common Underlying Proficiency. Also within the chapter the book did a great job of discussing the distinctions between basic interpersonal communicative skills (BICS) and cognitive/academic language proficiency (CALP). One of the themes of this chapter that caught my eye was the idea of the balloon head that was said to be confusing to others as to why they use the Iceberg Analogy. The idea that two languages can function in the brain is fascinating. Much like the Iceberg Analogy, both can be broken down to better understand using the Common Underlying Proficiency model. Within the model we six parts, one of which is part number two, “Bilingualism and multilingualism are possible because people have the capacity to store two or more languages. Many people function in two or more languages with ease.”,(166). This tells us that the brain, while it is every growing and changing can handle two languages at the same time while learning. The best way to think about this in picture terms is the Threshold Theory. Within this…

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