Bilingual Education Essay examples

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When visiting just about any school across America, students who attend come from all over the globe. This raises the question across America about bilingual education. This can create many challenges in and out of the classroom. The classroom should be a safe place for all students regardless of what native language they speak. In the essay Lost in translation written by Eva Hoffman, describes a foreign student who tries hard to fit in. Instead, Eva begins to feel angry, hurt and confused because people laugh at her. In Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education by Elizabeth R. Howard, Julie Sugarman, Donna Christian Center for Applied Linguistics Kathryn J. Lindholm-Leary San José State University David Rogers Dual Language …show more content…
This must be how foreign students feel after moving to America. According to Hoffman, “these days, it takes all my will to impose any control on the words that emerge from me. I have to form entire sentences before uttering them; otherwise, I too easily get lost in the middle. My speech, I sense, sounds monotonous, deliberate, heavy-an aural mask that doesn’t become me or express me at all. This self-control is the opposite of real mastery, which comes from a trust in your own verbal powers and allows for a free streaming speech, for those bursts of spontaneity, the quickness of response that can rise into pleasure and overflow in humor” (151). When students have to stop and think about what they want to say, they may feel angry, hurt, and embarrassed and most of all discouraged. As an educator, it is imperative to let the students know that sometimes even a teacher has to stop and think before they speak. A teacher should be willing to work with student, holding a one on one conversation to help the student learn more about the language. At the same time, the teacher should be explaining to the student the advantages of being bilingual. The bilingual students can be an asset to non-bilingual teachers. Being bilingual has many advantages, which includes the ability of bilingual students becoming peer mentors. The peer mentors can assist the teacher when new non-bilingual. The peer mentor could help the non-bilingual students, who speak little English. As

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