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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.

Some questions to consider:
? 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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I offer ideas for you to integrate:

First, as you list why you prefer this type of instruction and its advantages, bilingual programs allow students to gradually build second language skills, encouraging their self-esteem and sense of empowerment in literacy to grow slowly, not thrown into a program where their self-confidence would be hindered and the skills would be too overwhelming.

In order to infuse research to validate your claims, here is one source:

Rodriguez, D. A. (1979). Bilingual Education: The Quest for Diversity and Quality. Educational Leadership, 36(5), 341. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

This article affirms that it is the more ethical and humane way to teach ESL students since it offers more individualized instruction. I've attached the article for you as a pdf.

Another source examines its benefits at:
Rovira, L. (1998). Let's not say adios to bilingual education. ...

Solution Summary

This solution articulates the benefits and challenges of a bilingual program. References are also used to amplify.