Settling The Great Bilingual Education Debate

Rae Pica with Dr. Ellen Bialystok, Karen Nemeth, and Liz Willen

Many parents, teachers, and policy makers believe that the best way for dual language children to achieve English language literacy and academic success is to completely submerge the child in English — leaving their home language behind. But citing research, our distinguished guests say that most of the conventional wisdom on dual language learners is simply wrong. Are you on the right side of this issue?

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May 8, 2009
Episode Guests
Dr. Ellen Bialystok is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University. Her studies include the problem of second language acquisition. Karen Nemeth has a BA in Psychology, an Ed.M. in Learning, Cognition and Development from Rutgers University, and is author of Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners. Liz Willen is the Associate Director of the Hechinger Institute.
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