There has been a greatchallenge of bilingual education for the last few years from the assimilationactivists, “English First”, and also the numerous angry Latino parents. Theyhave all argued that bilingual education has failed and their complains havebeen overlooked and ignored by the school officials. Some of the organizationssuch as “English First” and “U.
S English” are likely to be misguided and canequate multiculturalism with ethnic separation and they fear the possibility ofdiscouragement of assimilation by the bilingual education. However, bilingualeducation has several advantages as discussed below.Comprehensible inputs.This theory is among the greatest supporting factor of bilingual education. Thetheory states that for the new information to be learned by the person it mustbe taught in a language which must be understood.
Many of those interviewedhave supported the idea of bilingual education and argue that it providesbackground knowledge and also the principles of bilingual education. Literacy is also agreat virtue of bilingual education. Developing literacy in the first languagecan help to develop literacy in a foreign language. It’s easier to read alanguage which one understands and then transferring the knowledge to the otherlanguage. The skills obtained in learning the first language can act as afoundation in understanding the second language.
Several reports have alsoshown that the students’ performance and literacy in the first language canhelp predicting his achievement in the second language.Finally, is has beenunderstood that a student cannot get any comprehensible input by learning newinformation in a language he does not understand. The students will requiregetting instructions from the teacher in his native language in order to gainknowledge. An example is a LEP student who learned history in his nativelanguage and easily understood history taught in English since he has backgroundknowledge.