The Primary Responsibilities Of An Educator

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Introduction One of the primary responsibilities of an educator is to provide the foundation for intellectual and cognitive thinking and to prepare students for lifelong learning. Garcia (2009) states that “bilingual education has the potential of being a transformative school practice, able to educate all children in ways that stimulate and expand their intellect and imagination, as they gain ways of expression and access different ways of being in the world” (p.12). Implementing a two-way Spanish and English immersion program provides students with a unique educational experience in which students have access to instruction in their primary language and a second language, with the goal of becoming bilingual and biliterate. This paper will review literature and research supporting dual language programs and provide the rational for the implementation of Lenguas Nativas.
Identity Formation and Cultural Awareness Garcia (2009) suggests that bilingualism leads to social advantages and allows students to become aware of cultural differences. Students in the Lenguas Nativas program can construct their own hybrid culture that enables them to negotiate both cultural systems. De Jong (2011) echoes this sentiment, stating that fostering an environment for a positive identity negotiation is crucial to the academic success of diverse students. Moreover, Hamayan, Genesee, & Cloud (2013) highlight the broadened culture competence dual language programs provide native English speakers
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