Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mother has problems with Bilingual Pre-K


I was going through my google reader when this story came up. At first I was taken back by the title, but after reading the story I realized that the issue of immigration and making english the official language, coming up again.
What's the point in having an english speaking pre-k if the majority of students are bilingual? It is a numbers game, and you can't please everyone, but you at least try to do the best that you can.
What this story doesn't bring up, is that having bilingual pre-k centers does help build the learners into developing their primary language, which, as they grow older, will help them ease into the english language. You can not simply put a native speaker into an esl program, unless they have developed a strong foundation to build on. Which is exactly what this district is doing. Hmmm....What are your thoughts on this story?

1 comment:

Andrea said...

What this story doesn't bring up, is that having bilingual pre-k centers does help build the learners into developing their primary language, which, as they grow older, will help them ease into the english language.

AMEN!

I am a bilingual prek teacher and people really do not understand how important it is not only for the children but the future of our country. Research shows that if a child falls behind they are more likely to not be a good citizen. And a spanish speaking child will fall behind if they do not mold their first language and then learn another. So I really enjoyed your blog. Umm..how I found it..I googles bilingual prek and this came up. small world :)