Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Bilingual program takes center stage

Dual-language program attracts national attention

A program that teaches students in English and Spanish is succeeding in a state that bans bilingual education. And that program is getting national attention.

Educators from across the country recently toured Herrera School for the Fine Arts near downtown Phoenix. Members of the National Association for Bilingual Education met with the elementary school students, who switched easily from English to Spanish, to talk about why they like the program.

The project is held up as a national model. Details from The Arizona Republic.

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letter shredder said...

we practice bilingual education. as much as teachers want to teach students filipino, there are english terms that have no filipino translation and vice versa.

Deb Sistrunk said...

Letter Shredder: Thanks for sharing. It's great to know what's going on in the Philippines.

What's interesting about language is that there are times when certain terms don't translate well, if at all, from one language to another. Leaving the education community for a moment: There have been some instances when U.S. companies have taken their American ads and used them in other countries, translating them into the the language of each country. Sometimes the translations are not successful. On occasion, the results have been disastrous.