Challenges and Supports for ELLs in Bilingual Programs

María Brisk and C. Patrick Proctor

This paper discusses the affordances and challenges of bilingual instruction programs in light of the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

The authors argue that bilingual education has an important role to play because it has always placed language and literacy development at the core of instruction. Bilingual education that is high quality and that promotes full development of two languages leverages the native language of students in service of better English. It also provides an ideal context in which to address the demands content and language demands of the New Standards by allowing students to use all their language and cultural resources.

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María Brisk argues that bilingual education provides a rich context for the kind of learning that the Common Core State Standards demand. Quality bilingual programs, which promote metalinguistic awareness and the ability to solve problems, should not be forgotten in the push for the new standards.

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