Hispanic Immersion in the Classrooms
An analysis of mainstreaming language minority students into English speaking classrooms.
This paper helps to show research studies on the effects of a language minority child in the bilingual education program. The paper outlines the immersion program, a new and controversial program, which is designed to get kids into normal classrooms after one year in a classroom learning English. This paper discusses the pros and cons socially as well as mentally for the child.
“Immersion is a relatively new development within education and is a form of bi-lingual education. Due to the increase of immigrants from different countries, many states have incorporated in their school systems teaching for the language-minority students. It has required many states to develop a system of bi-lingual education. Immersion programs are being introduced at a variety of levels within educational systems. There is much controversy about whether immersion is good for children that come into the schools without any knowledge or experience with the countries language. Like some researchers, I believe that total immersion or submersion is a “non-approach” and that it has been described as a “sink or swim” technique. My claim is that the only sufficient way to teach a language-minority child is to immerse them into English speaking classrooms while they are young and then mainstream them later with the other children after their language proficiency is complete. My intention is to show evidence to my audience that our country is spending billions of dollars every year to promote the bi-lingual classrooms and to persuade them that the only cost effective and learning proficient way is to completely immerse them into English speaking programs.”