February 23, 2020
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 5:18 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 8:41 am In His Directorial Debut at CSUDH, Jozben Barrett Mounts a Giant of the American Stage
  • 9:45 pm Toro Softballers off to a Dominant Start
  • 12:25 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 11:09 am Bulletin Wins Four Awards in Statewide College Journalism Competition
Story tips, concerns, questions?

By Eduardo Landa

Bilingual education programs are growing in California schools, and the Dual Language Institute at Cal State Dominguez Hills is working to prepare current and future teachers to service that demand.
Dominguez Hills started its Dual-Language Institute two years ago in order to better prepare current and potential new bilingual teachers to effectively teach in different languages. A two-week Spanish immersion program launched in June 2016 and was taught again this past summer, according to a univeristy news release.
Academic research suggests student benefit from these programs.
“There are many educational advantages for children who are exposed to more than one language,” said Lilia Sarmiento, an associate professor of teacher education at CSUDH who is coordinator of the new institute.
A statewide proposition passed by voters in 2016 allowed bilingual public school instruction, which had been outlawed in the 1990s in California.
Participation in the program could enhance job prospects for credentialed teachers studying at CSUDH.
In 2017, for example, 16 new dual language programs will be offered in the Los Angeles Unified School District. This will impact many high schools and middle schools that lack bilingual instruction.
Many media outlets have talked about the advantages of bilingual education. The Huffington Post published an article about its “social and health” benefits.
NPR wrote that bilingual education can enhance school performance and possibly protect against cognitive decline later in life.
Despite all of this information, there are those who criticize bilingual education, preferring English-only instruction.
In 1998, a writer for The Atlantic called bilingual education an “experiment that was begun with the best humanitarian intentions but has turned out to be terribly wrongheaded.”
John Davis, dean of CSUDH’s College of Education, called criticism of such programs “zero-minded.”
“It’s the most ridiculous claim anyone could make,” Davis said.
Davis said not providing a bilingual option is a disservice to students because they will be at a “disadvantage to the rest of the world.” Students in other countries routinely study English and other languages to compete in the global workforce.
CSUDH students seem welcoming of the effort here.
Angelica Ledesma, a communications major, said she feels she has an advantage over other students because of her past bilingual education.
“Whenever a professor refers to a topic about Latin American politics or current events or even literature, it’s something I already have some knowledge on,” Ledesma said.
Seven faculty members from the departments of Teacher Education, Liberal Studies, Graduate Education, Chicano Studies and Modern Languages collaborated on the new CSUDH program, according to a news release from the college.
With this institute and recruitment strategies by Dominguez Hills, Sarmiento is optimistic that five years from now there will be numerous dual-language teachers who are not just teaching Spanish, but multiple languages.



%d bloggers like this: