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Bilingual programs and the types of students that benefit from each different program

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After reading the attached articles, select at least four bilingual programs and describe the type of student that would benefit most from each type of bilingual program. What are the student characteristics that make them amenable to a specific type of bilingual program? Think about your community and whether or not these types of programs exist. Explain why or why not. Using information from Chapters Seven and Nine, what are the purposes and challenges of assessments in placing students in bilingual programs? Support your opinion with research-based evidence and cite your references.

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There are criteria for language programs, no matter which form they take. The core criteria of successful language education, particularly dual language education programs, serve as a framework for effective implementation and successful outcomes (Lindholm-Leary, 2001). These criteria include: (a) administrative and home support, (b) school environment, (c) high-quality instructional personnel, (d) professional development, and (e) instructional design and features (Alanis & Rodgriguez, 2008).

One type of bilingual program is called language immersion. In a dual language program, two languages may be used in the same classroom for instruction and learning. The goal is for literacy in both languages, either at the same time or with an initial emphasis on the native language (Baker, 1996). Only a very few have a continued emphasis on both languages. Therefore, many receive instruction that is too short in focus and not cognitively or educationally challenging (Thomas & Collier, 1997). The point of language immersion classes is two-fold; academic achievement for ELs as well as foreign language immersion for English-dominant students (Alanís, ...

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Imagine that you have the opportunity to work as a paraprofessional at one of the following school:

? Lakeview North Elementary School is a bilingual school where students are given instruction in their native language for most of the day, but immersed with other non-ELL students for selected periods (such as lunch, physical education, library, etc.)

School you would prefer to work in and explain why. Discuss the benefits and challenges of the program at the school and consider any potential issues you predict might affect the English Language Learners' learning.

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? Why do you prefer this type of instruction?
? What information from the unit readings supports this model of instruction?
? What are some of the negative effects associated with this type of instruction?
? What might be the social and emotional effects on the ELL student using this program?
? What improvements could you suggest in this program of instruction?

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