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Foundations and Practice of Dual Language/ Bilingual Education

This course presents the basic principles and theories of bilingual education, its history in the United States and around the world, and the variety of bilingual programs available, with special emphasis on dual language education. This course will also examine the sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic aspects of bilingualism. As part of this course, guests from dual language schools will be invited to the class so that students can interview the key stakeholders: teachers, students, administration personnel, and parents. This experience will make evident the essential elements that a dual language school needs to have in place to be successful in its goals of graduating bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate children with high academic achievement.