Breaking language and digital barriers in bilingual education

This bilingual school is using technology to integrate students


Taking a foreign language class can help when ordering a French crepe or finding the nearest bathroom, but it can only get a student so far in a globalized world.

As the internet connects people across the world and as the United States continues to diversify, it is becoming more necessary to know multiple languages well.

To do this, many are not only turning to foreign language classes, but they also are finding opportunities for immersion. Perhaps this is why there are more than 6 million bilingual learners now in public schools.

“Parents are now recognizing the importance of exposing their children to global realities,” said Santiago Wood, Ph.D., executive director of the National Association for Bilingual Education. “It’s amazing the amount of dual language programs that are skyrocketing across the country.”

Bilingual education models attempt to address the language barrier between English Language Learners (ELL) and native English-speaking students. One school has found that technology can help bridge that gap.

(Next page: Closing the linguistic gap)

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