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First Place, 2012-2013 Best Gateway Essay Contest

Gateway Professor: Christina Isabelli, Hispanic Studies

Abstract

The ramifications of Proposition 227, legislation that threatened to eliminate bilingual education passed by California in 1998, sparked a nationwide debate about the validity of education that non-English speaking students were receiving in a bilingual classroom versus that of an English-only classroom. While there was a deluge of arguments regarding the efficiency of English comprehension in the two classroom environments, what many commentators on the issue overlooked was the difference in the retention of the students’ identities.

Disciplines

English Language and Literature | Rhetoric and Composition

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