Blog Analysis

The purpose of my blog is to promote bilingual education. My audiences are teachers and parents. Based on my audience, I use a formal language and a serious tone because it is important to present well-written blogs to teachers and parents. The message I am trying to convey is that bilingual Education is important because not only students understand school lessons better; it also helps them to make new friends in school. With more friends, students are going to be happier. Mastering the English language for foreign students takes a long time and practice is the best way to learn so schools need to promote bilingual education to encourage students to succeed. On the flip side, fluent English speakers also benefit from learning another language because they are going to be exposed to other culture and learn from it. Bilingual education helps American and foreign students.

Two of my blog posts are short summaries of my journey from the Philippines to the United States. As a foreign student myself, bilingualism is a main factor that help me adjust into living an American lifestyle and that is why I see how important it is to promote bilingual education in school. Students will feel more comfortable and open in an environment where they are accepted and respected at the same time. Three of my blogs are about bilingualism’s effect in students over time. First, bilingualism makes a student increase cognitive thinking for example they find more than one way to solve problems. As a result, if students learn bilingualism at an early age, students are going to do better in tests and learn school lessons faster. Another important effect is student’s behavior. With bilingualism, students are apt to display better behavior in school; meaning they learn and keep having good manners and right conduct in an early age. All my posts connect effectively to teachers and parents. My blog consists of my personal memoirs, research on the benefits of bilingualism, and why being bilingual is helpful in the future. Logos in my blog is used when I wrote about research studies regarding bilingualism. For example, one study I wrote about is if students know bilingualism, there is an increase on the number of students with higher cognitive thinking is a logos argument because it is factual and based on statistics. Ethos in my blog is seen when I use well written, correct grammar and proper language specifically for my audience. Pathos in my blog is seen when I wrote about two blog posts on my experience as a new student in an American school.

The theme of my blog is Esquire; it is elegant, bold, and visually distinct. This theme is appropriate and appealing to my audience because it looks professional and easy to read. This theme works for the promotion of bilingualism because it brings out a serious tone but balances out with how the pictures are set up and can be easily seen.

To enhance my blogs, I use six pictures and I did not explain any of my pictures in the actual blogs because most of them are cartoons that deliver a clear message related to a specific blog post. The pictures create a strong impact in my logos and pathos because it provides a different scenario where the same message is portrayed. Also, I did not use any videos because most of the videos I found regarding benefits of bilingualism are long, repetitive, and boring.

Except for the introduction and conclusion, the order of my posts does not matter because each post takes a different angle on why bilingualism is necessary and beneficial. In real life, the benefits of bilingualism do not come in a distinct order instead it comes in different ways in every student.

All in all, bilingualism is a great addition in schools and hopefully, parents and teachers see the key benefits it gives both American and foreign students. In the future, students will have more views education not just in the classroom but also globally.

Advertisements

Conclusion

“The number of school-age children (children ages 5-17) who spoke a language other than English at home rose from 4.7 to 11.2 million between 1980 and 2009.” All in all, bilingualism greatly affects Asian Americans and Asian immigrants living in America for the past twenty years. Researchers target bilingualism and language production to see and study trends on linguistics, immigration, and social factors. Everyone needs to be open and start promoting bilingualism because the US has a high rate of immigration. Being bilingual can promote business to expand and grow on other countries. Before, immigrants to the US are highly encouraged to change their culture, traditions, and language into American culture. Now, with the more recognized vast cultural differences in the US, immigrants are most likely to teach their native language to their children and endorse bilingualism as a culture pride. Today, bilingualism strongly affects Asian Americans and Asian immigrants in the American society because bilingualism increases academic success and helps blend Asian culture with the American culture. Also, parents are able to help their children with problems and pass down ethnic traditions and the quality of relationships changes with language use. With bilingualism, the dominant and non-dominant culture will be able to communicate better and connect at a different level. Hopefully, in the future the number of bilinguals in the US increases.

Bilingual Education: Student’s Self-esteem and Relationships

Student’s self esteem and identity is affected by the language practiced in their school. School programs that value each child’s home language shows positive effects because it increases children’s sense of self. Knowing self identity is important because it boosts confidence self image, and self-esteem. Including other languages in the classroom shows students that their language and ethnicity are valuable. By not including their home language in school, the student’s sense of self will be lowered and disheartened because of the hardships they face when working on difficult schoolwork. This result into a lower self esteem and as a result, student’s ability and drive to do well and participate fully in school is decreased. Furthermore, bilingual education in school provides an English and non English dominant students the chance to be models and experts between one another in several situations in class. To have an effective education with a diverse student body, schools need to implement fair social justice and equal educational opportunity. Topics of discussion need to be moderated by the teacher because it will aid in producing similar participation and new relationships among students. Bilingual education is going to be more effective if all students are treated equal because students have equal access to resources and students become more comfortable learning and working together in the same classroom.

Bilingualism: Leader in Promoting Global Views

Bilingual Education is an advantage and helpful when traveling to other countries which practices a different language. Being bilingual helps a person to communicate effectively without the help of translators. Today, global education is an integral part of the world and knowing a second language provides student opportunities to study and work abroad. In addition, being bilingual helps in thinking more creatively because knowing at least two languages means that person have two words for each idea. Two words mean the same thing when translated back to English but different meanings are attached to words by two known languages. Thus, a person who is bilingual may develop the ability to be more flexible not only about words but other ideas too. Once a person knows two languages, then learning another language becomes easier. Furthermore, being bilingual gives a person more choices. If a war breaks out in the country one lives in now, bilingualism will be an important tool because a person will be able to move to the country and communicate in their language. When parents and their children speak a different first language, then the child can communicate more effectively and eventually developing a closer relationship with their parents. Overall, being able to communicate well between generations aids to establish a sense of cultural identity to an extended family.

Good Manners and Right Conduct – A Benefit of Bilingualism

As a student, having good manners and right conduct in school is important. The relationship between language and their behavior and conduct during their early school years is important. All students started with a similar level of internal and external behaviors during preschool. As students get older, fluent bilingual students show the least behavioral and conduct problems by fifth grade and their growth rate of problems regarding behavior is slower than monolinguals. On the other hand, American students who only speak English demonstrate the most behavioral and conduct problems by fifth grade and their growth rate of problems regarding behavior is faster than fluent bilinguals. Overall, bilingualism provides students with emotional and behavioral benefits. Bilingualism, creativity, and academic success have a strong relationship. Moreover, there is correlation between an individual’s creativity and how fluent he or she for both languages. Bilingualism can indirectly reflect one’s multicultural experiences. Bilingualism helps a student to be more creative and this study further enhances its importance. Being creative is connected to academic success because with experiences from two cultures, a student can solve a problem or look at the bigger picture of a question in multiple ways. Being creative is a technique to uniquely solve problems, a way to find answers using an uncommon path. All in all, bilingualism is a great way to increase one’s creativity and academic success.

Easily Adjust to American Lifestyle with Bilingualism

Asian Americans and Asian Immigrants do not let acculturative stress drive them away from the US because Asian families did not move to America to change their culture and traditions but to receive good education. Bilingualism is a good supplement as a student because it creates a positive effect on the academic achievement of immigrant children. Second-generation Asian American families mostly communicate in English and therefore, they do not practice or know their native language. Immigrant children, who are fluent bilingual, speaks their native language to keep important aspects of their ethnic culture and talks English to meet the demands of English speaking society. Speaking a native language with parents creates a positive effect.  Naturally, learning to speak one’s native language makes it possible for the youth to fully communicate with elders because not all the words from one’s native language can be directly translated to English. Bilingualism facilitates passing on cultural traditions and living vicariously through native memoirs from the older generations. Bilingualism is a way for Asian immigrants and their children to hold onto their cultural heritage while adapting to life in the US and high levels of native language communication about their culture within a racial group preserves ethnicity and helps the youth in lowering acculturative stress. Most likely, people who have the same nationality will have a sense of unity and will communicate well with each other.

Lowering Stress with Bilingualism

New school, new friends, new opportunities and a new life is what America offers for immigrants. Family, friends, and even careers are sacrificed and left behind to pursue ambitions and to pursue a better quality of life in the USA. Indeed, living an American lifestyle is different from living in Asian countries. The struggle of Asians in adapting and practicing both American culture is called acculturative stress and studies show having high English and native language proficiency together, bilingual language preference, and strong family connections leads to low acculturative stress. Using English and native languages is important because integration of both languages into the new culture creates less language barriers for immigrants and Asian Americans. Bilingualism increases problem-solving skills and increases awareness that in any problem there are alternative ways to solve the problems. Certainly, solving problems efficiently helps in lowering acculturative stress. This also helps in the willingness to adapt to a situation and accepting the linguistic and cultural differences. Bilinguals are less stressed when looking at problematic situation than monolinguals. Overall, providing immigrants and minorities, in a dominant culture, with bilingual chances helps them lower stress levels.  Without support from each other in the community and bilingual policies, staying fluent in a native language would be difficult to maintain.

First Day in an American School

Six years ago, when I was in eighth grade, my family moved to NJ from the Philippines. My first day in an American school is exciting and disappointing at the same time. It was exciting because I meet new friends and it was disappointing because my friends told me I have an English accent. Even if I try, I could not speak without an accent because speaking English is not my native tongue. So instead of feeling like an outcast, I just tried my best to use all the foundation and fluency I have learned in English and did not focus as much on my errors and accent. When I was able to do these things, I was able to have meaningful and dynamic conversations with my new friends and teachers. At this point, everything seems to come naturally. On the other hand, my parents also made sure that my native language skills are also developing at a normal rate. Throughout these time, my parents’ advice and support were key because they showed me I am capable of being bilingual and today, I can definitely see the advantage of knowing Tagalog and English. All in all, being bilingual just takes practice and as long as the English environment between parents and children at home is fun, no negative effects would come to children.

Learn English Faster: Don’t be Afraid to be Wrong in Reading or Writing

When I was seven years old, I can speak, read, and write Tagalog (national language of the Philippines) and English well for a young boy. Being bilingual is normal for a kid like me whose parents speak two languages. Growing up, my dad and I only communicate using English and my mom and I only communicate in Tagalog. Before migrating to America, I feel closer to my mom because I prefer to speak Tagalog rather than English. On the other hand, talking to my dad in English while living in the Philippines seems unnecessary. Even worse, he forced me to watch English TV shows and movies whenever we were together. Today, I am thankful for my dad pushing me all those years to only speak English around him. In a way, He prepared me to live in an American environment. After thirteen years of English background, I feel confident with my English reading and writing skills. The best advice I can give to improve English skills outside of classroom is to just speak English at a comfortable level, enjoy communicating in English, and no pressure. Overtime, the repetition of speaking English is going to help improve English skills and help increase one’s confidence level.

Bilingualism Aids Students in Understanding Lessons More Effectively

Bilingual Education needs to be implemented in schools. Today, learning English is not enough for economic and educational success. Knowing and functioning in more than one language is vital for mass communication and global interdependence. Bilingual education is important because students will not learn academic subject material if they cannot understand the language and as a result, these students have high drop out rates and low achievement scores. According to Jim Cummins, of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, “children’s first language skills must become well developed to ensure that their academic and linguistic performance in the second language is maximized.” The research implies that in order to have growth in the second language, one needs to have a developed first language because “concepts learned in one language can be transferred to another. Furthermore, in school, the kind of language used to teach students needs to be aimed so that a student can acquire the language easily, and this is possibly through how the teacher teaches her class and how well student understand the language.  A good bilingual education programs see and build upon the skills students bring to school. Overall, bilingualism presents great opportunities to American population because it allows students to learn academic materials thoroughly and be proficient in two languages.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.