Transitional Bilingual Education Law and Legal Definition

Transitional bilingual education is an educational theory based on the principle that reading in one's native language facilitates reading in a second language. Bilingual education was a result of The Bilingual Education Act of 1968. A solid foundation in students' native language best prepares them for learning in English. Transitional bilingual education aims to help transition of a student into an English-only classroom as quickly as possible. Transitional bilingual education involves no more than three year education in a child's native language to ensure that students do not fall behind in content areas like math, science, and social studies while they are learning English. This combined education helps students transition to mainstream easier.