Language News: Dual-language immersion: Dual-language immersion programs are the new face of bilingual education –



Dual-language immersion: Dual-language immersion programs are the new face of bilingual education –

The LA Times provides coverage of the growing popularity of bilingual education programs–among the parents of native English speakers even.  Happy news, especially if this is a real trend. 🙂

This story is also good news in that it cites important linguistic researchers–including that by Claude Goldenberg (Stanford) and Katheryn Lindholm-Leary (San Jose University).  Linguists have tried for many years to convince people that bilingualism is actually good for achievement, and that many of the problems we see among low-achieving bilinguals stems from the fact that that first language literacy skills are critical to second language literacy skills (meaning that more bilingualism, not less, is the solution).     


About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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