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Schools should help the children of immigrants become truly bilingual
Schools should help the children of immigrants become truly bilingual

Many students in Los Angeles, from kindergarten through college, speak a language other than English because they grew up hearing it. They are “heritage speakers,” the children of immigrants who communicate at home in their parents' native language. Yet many of these students have no literacy in the language they speak. And that is a problem. Although heritage speakers have a good head start, they need classes targeted to their needs if they are to be truly bilingual. The urban landscape of Los Angeles is multilingual — and an ideal place to implement a far-reaching policy devoted to maintaining and developing the skills of heritage speakers. According to a survey...

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