March 17, 2012
Mary Beth Nipp, Instructor
English language learners have been the talk for many years. They are coming to America each and every day. Most of them speak different languages as Spanish, French, and some already speak English. It has been debated and voted on in five voter driven states. The states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Oregon. The voters have been asked to make decisions about the education of the English language learners (Mora, 2009). But only three states, California (1998), Massachusetts (2002), and Arizona (2000) passed the laws for English-only learners to be put in programs, and Colorado (2002) and ...view middle of the document...
The bilingual programs are effective and appropriate for schools that serve students who speak a native language. Teachers must be prepared to use curricular material and a teaching strategy to help the English language learners’ to achieve the material. They need the professional development that will go above and beyond their coursework that is required by the state to help the students to be knowledgeable about the instructions. The laws of No Child Left Behind Act helps with the AYP of the students failing their grades and the Equal Opportunity Act is that no student can be denied education that is based on their age, race, color or national origin (English Language learners, September, 21, 2004). The Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will deny the students access to an education (English Language learners, September, 21, 2004).
The benefits and the challenges of each of the laws are that the English language students must learn English as soon as possible for them to succeed in the classroom. They will face many challenges and will benefit from bilingual education (Hooks, May 2, 2010). Some of the students will not graduate, because they have not learned to speak English and their grades are not up to the level.
My position on the debate is that to me, it is okay for English...