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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Does NCLB Promote Monolingualism?

Interesting article - Does NCLB Promote Monolingualism? - Education Week.

The problem I see is there is not enough true bilingualism being taught in schools, where students are expected to be fluent in both languages.

Problems I have seen in Chinese Schools:

1. All they learn is Characters, and they can't hold a conversation in Chinese.
2. It's more like baby sitting for after school and in the summer.
3. They teacher just goes over the same thing, over and over again never moving forward.

Some Chinese programs are much better than others. Having a good Chinese curriculum helps. As well as letting the students know and understand why are they Learning Chinese.



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