You will prepare and submit a term paper on Advantages of Bilingual Education. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. The notion of bilingual education is also based on the belief that teaching immigrants in their native language go beyond the benefits of ESL because it places an importance on the values of their families and communities and provides them with a feeling of self-worth.  .While opponents of bilingual education contend that achieving excellence in education requires immersion programs for foreign students (Finn, . 1995), Dantas-Whitney et al (2009) have recently highlighted the importance of cultural understanding and appreciation as a tool to actually facilitate integration and assimilation of foreign cultures into American society. Contrary to the arguments and findings of tests in California, that immersion in English produces better academic results, . other experts state that such claims must be taken lightly because there are numerous studies which show that academic performance and learning is enhanced with bilingual education.
Llana (2006) states that three states – Arizona, California, and . Massachusetts have done away with bilingual education, but this has impacted negatively upon teachers. The projected academic success for students through immersion in the English language does not appear to be working, . because as one teacher points out, a lesson that would originally have taken him just a day to teach in English to a bilingual as flag student is now exhausting and consumes several days. . The argument that immersion facilitates assimilation into mainstream American culture may be flawed (Adams, 2006). Headon et al (1995) have argued that the issue of bilingual education is largely symbolic, in much the same way burning and the opposition to bilingual education may well be caused by insecurities among Americans about their own job prospects and overall lowering of wages in a weak economy.
According to Krashen (no date), bilingual education offers students two major advantages (a) knowledge and (b) literacy. When students are provided quality education in their primary language, this helps them . to understand English better.