Bilingual Education Ascertains Global Citizenship


  • Jing Tan Miami University


Language is an identity that conveys who we are. Writers in social work have highlighted the role of language in a range of social activities, such as communication, identity formation, meaning making, representation and knowledge construction (as cited in Gai, 2009, p. 1082).

Dr. Sabine Ulibarri (1964) stated the following:

In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was made flesh. It was so in the beginning and it is so today. The language, the Word, carriers within it the history, culture, the traditions, the very life of a people, the flesh. Language is people. We cannot even conceive of a people without a language, or a language without a people. The two are one and the same. To know one is to know the other. To love one is to love the other. (as cited in Smith & Rodriguez, 2011, p. 186).

Language plays a significant role in humans’ socialization and knowledge reproduction. It is a substantial part of education, and research around it has momentous meanings for the design of school curriculums.