Re your bilingual education article (Sept. 27):
As a result of the Bilingual Education Act students are hearing much less English spoken during school in Santa Ana.
To comply with state law, teachers on waiver must take Spanish classes one or two afternoons a week. Teachers, being good students, practice their lessons as often as possible, i.e., on their students.
They give all the routine directions (formerly spoken in English) in Spanish. The students hear "Formense!" instead of "line up!" "Tomen aqua" instead of "Get a drink" and "Manos a lado" instead of "hands at your sides."
Since these children rarely hear English outside of school, I think the extreme use of Spanish during school lengthens the transition period.