Multilingual individuals are those who can manage more than two languages in reading, writing, speaking and/or understanding. It is not surprising to hear about either bilingual or multilingual education since they have been around for a while. There are multiple language programs available in the United States, such as dual language programs, English second language learners, dual-immersion programs, transitional bilingual education and many more.
The Differences Between Bilingual and Multilingual Programs
Sandra Diaz

You are right. There are multiple languages programs in the United States. Some more effective than others to be a matter of fact, and yet the system fails to deliver the needed programs for multilingual education. We know that some systems do not work, but they are pretty much alive today. We understand the need to enhance our students’ communication skills, but we still fall behind in helping them develop those skills. Like you said, progress is being made the question to ask is whom are being affected by this progress. We talk about the need to place appropriate multilingual programs in the right areas, but all we look is taken from the perspective of bilingual Spanish-English speakers. You mention that there are more languages than just the ones that I mention above. My concern goes about the education being provided to those who do not fall within our demographic. What about other languages? Are we pushing for multilingual education as long as Spanish is the language being appropriated? It just seems that information is being excluded or having no true impact in the overarching structure of multilingual education.

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