Bilingual Education Act

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English Language Learners ELL, ESL EFL

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Bilingual Education Act

* In the 1960's there was a large increase of changing demographics in US classrooms. *Ells had a lack of access to a meaninful education.* Congress recognized that non-English students were being marginalized and passed the 1968 Biglingual Education Act. *This law recognized rights of ELLs. *Bilingual programs were not required, but were supported.*Federal funding was provided for bilingual programs including development and training.*The goal was to provide instruction in the students primary language, then transition to English only classes. *In 1974 the act was amended to clarify the goals and progress of the program. (Nieto, 2009)

Why it was Significant:

Senator Ralph Yarborough first introduced the bilingual education bill, aimed to students with limited English skills.

Where and When

U.S. Congress1968


"The BEA has been considered the most important law in recognizing linguistic minority rights in the history of the United States."-David Nieto, 2009

What Happened



Bilingual Education Act (Title VII)

How it impacted education:

-"provide a solution to the problem of those children who are educationally disadvantaged because of the inability to speak English" ( a federally funded bilingual program for all students-support for ELL's in their native language-an increase to federal interest was necessary for funding

-supports ELLs in native language and English -provides funding for resources and to train teachers-provides equal opportunity for all students to learn in a safe environment-recognizes the rise in immigrant population and the need for qualified teachers


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