The Cost and Effectiveness of Bilingual Education Programs: An Analysis


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The Cost and Effectiveness of Bilingual Education Programs: An Analysis
Bilingual education provides much needed help to millions of young, non-English speaking students who are struggling in school because of language barriers. But bilingual education programs impose high costs, for foreign language textbooks must be purchased and teachers must be qualified to teach multiple courses in foreign languages.
In addition to this issue, some studies indicate that English as a Second Language programs are more effective than bilingual education programs, so many school districts are facing a difficult choice and must decide whether to keep their bilingual programs or transition to ESL.
The History of Bilingual Education
The end:, more studies are needed in order to conclusively determine whether bilingual programs or ESL programs are more effective, for past
studies have not been comprehensive enough to resolve this issue.
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Goode, Stephen. (1995). “Bilingual Barrier?” Insight on the News. Online. Available: 26 November 2009.
Hacsi, Timothy A. (2002). Children as Pawns: The Politics of Educational Reform.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Zelasko, N. F. (1991). Bilingual Double Standard: Mainstream Americans’ Attitudes Towards Bilingualism. Georgetown: Georgetown University Press.