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The Benefit of First-Language Instruction

The United States has always been a melting pot of cultures and languages, but what is considered an appropriate response to this diversity continually changes. How can we accept and embrace diversity while at the same time help English learners become part of a unified society? In his article from the summer 2008 American Educator, Claude Goldenberg finds a balance on how to welcome students’ linguistic diversity while integrating them into an English-only system.
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