This week we bring you a research paper written by Vanesa, a Writing 5 student from Mexico. Check out all of our May/June writing students’ best work in our student publication, The Globe!
Education is one of the most important factors in a person’s life. Education allows a person to develop in a professional environment. In fact, some people say that the basic education is sufficient to reach their goal in life. However, there is another factor that is as important if not more so and should be supported by educators, parents and the public bilingual education. Schools should teach bilingual education because it has huge benefits such as, better opportunities to find a good job in another country, young people can learn easier when they are in an educational environment, and countries that teach bilingual education are more successful.
Some people say that they can continue with the same education program as always. In some countries, schools teach the basic programs for example, math, history, chemistry, arts. These programs have good educational value because the people get their diploma and they find a good job in their countries with good knowledge. However, if bilingual education were supported by educators, parents and public would have a good influence on students, and it would be great benefits to them. The students could finish their studies, and if they want, they could go to another country and find a job with much easier means because they will know more than one language and could communicate with the people of that country easier. The students don’t have to start from the beginning of learning the language. At the beginning of the twenty first century, only one language isn’t enough for economic, social and education success. According to the 2000 U.S. census, more than 9.7 million children ages five to seventeen one of every six school age children spoke a language other than English at home. Between 1990 and 2000 the population of language increased by 55 percent, while the population of children where only English is spoken grew by only 11 percent (Poinsette). Because of this study bilingual education is very important for the future.
Opponents believe that when children are in the school, they have a lot of subjects and assignments. They have to concentrate and study a lot, so they don’t have time to learn bilingual education. Parents just want them to study and graduate. However, children are able to learn a lot of new information every day. That is because their brain is clear and they don’t have concerns. Children absorb all information faster than an adult. For example, a person finished her career in her country, she wants to work or continue her studies in another country. She will know only her language, so first she has to learn the another language. It will take more time for her to learn a new language as an adult compared to learning a new language when she was young. Bilingual education is easy way for the young students to learn many languages.
Many people believe countries who teach the basic studies and don’t focus on bilingual education have a lot of good professionals. The country is managed by clever people and the jobs are occupied by professionally prepared people. However, the countries where the people learn bilingual education are more successful because they can negotiate with other countries and have businesses with them. In the process of globalization, each country is improving in languages and cultures. Bilingual education is a good resource, and it plays an important part in social and economic development, for example in China(Xiong). China is a country where they do international business and economically developed. They consider bilingual education as an indispensable tool for the country’s growth. Knowing that is easier for them because they can communicate in different languages.
In sum up, promoting bilingual education would be a good idea between countries. The countries could be connected and communicated with without language barriers. Bilingual education is important because students could have better opportunities to find a good job in another country, the young people can learn easier when they are in the school, and the countries that teach bilingual education are more successful. If you speak more than one language you have more than open door.
Poinsette, Clark. “Bilingual Education-Need for Bilingual Education of Bilingualism and Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual Education”. 11 June. Web.
Xiong, Zhiwei. “On the Economic Approach to Bilingual Education in China”. Nov. 2009. Web.