“By 2020, 1 out of every 4 children in the United States will speak a language other than English at the dinner table.” -Dr. Cathrene Connery, Ithaca College
The number of children ages 5 to 17 who spoke a language other English at home increased from 4.7 to 11.2 million from 1980 to 2009 in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
In Ithaca, New York, about 25 percent of people age 5 and above speaks a non-English language at home, according to a 2012 report from the City of Ithaca.
BILINGUALISM IN THE MEDIA:
Schools seek to offer alternative, n0-cost language education – Ithaca Journal, Mar. 18, 2013
More information on Dr. Cathrene Connery’s book, Profiles in Emergent Biliteracy: Children Making Meaning in a Chicano Community
More on bilingual education, New York State Association for Bilingual Education