[lg policy] US: Bilingualism A skill, Not A Weakness

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 13 18:44:45 UTC 2010

 Forwarded  From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

Los Angeles Times

A skill, not a weakness

Learning more than one language is a 21st century skill. It provides
students with economic opportunities across the globe and at home.
Many students enter our schools fluent in a language other than
English. They speak Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Farsi, Arabic, Khmer
and dozens of other languages important in international trade. They
come with a resource.

Ideally, these students — more than 1.5 million in California who
enter school speaking a language other than English — would gain
English proficiency while enhancing their home language skills. They
would graduate from high school fully bilingual or multilingual and
ready to compete in the global marketplace.

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