FIRST Scholar Talk with Kate Menken
Join us for a FIRST Scholar talk with Kate Menken, "The Expansion of Dual Language Bilingual Education Programs amidst English-Only U.S. Language Policies: The Case of Hebrew in New York City."
Talk description: This is a period of language restriction in the U.S. when, within a context of anti-immigrant sentiment and increasingly stringent immigration policies, schools nationally favor English-only language education policies over bilingual approaches for immigrant students. Both reflecting and disrupting the broader policy context, the number of dual language bilingual education programs is actually on the rise. Dual language bilingual programs are traditionally defined as those in which students who speak English at home and those who speak a language other than English at home are taught bilingually in English and the partner language. Although the number of bilingual education programs in New York City public schools declined dramatically in recent years, the program is now actively expanding. As these programs increase, they have also moved beyond Spanish and Chinese — the two most widely spoken languages in the city after English — to include languages such as: Bengali, French, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Urdu, and Hebrew. This talk examines dual language bilingual programs expansion in New York City within the national language education policy context, sharing citywide data and findings from qualitative research conducted in a newly opened Hebrew program in a traditional public middle school.
Menken is a Summer Session FIRST Scholar and Professor of Linguistics at Queens College.
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
Wednesday, June 26 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm
University Memorial Center (UMC), Aspen Rooms
1669 Euclid Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309
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