The Role of Native-Language Instruction In Bilingual Education

Cárdenas, José A.
January 1986
Phi Delta Kappan;Jan86, Vol. 67 Issue 5, p359
The article presents a detailed discussion on the role of native-language instruction in bilingual education. Topics like the evolution of bilingual education, rationale for bilingual education, importance of the native language, and criticisms of bilingual education are discussed. The author states that despite all criticism of bilingual education programs and the use of native-language instruction for language-minority children, he continues to be a strong supporter of this methodology. According to the author, bilingual education is the best approach to teach English language without academic retardation.


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