chapter  18
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Bilingualism

Among the many innovations introduced in the public schools in the United States since the 1960s, and one of the most controversial, is the establishment of bilingual classes for pupils whose dominant or mother language is not English. Beginning usually at kindergarten or first-grade level and continuing in succeeding grades, the children are taught basic concepts, reading, writing, and some subject matter in the language they speak at home while simultaneously learning English.