Yolanda Mendez Muñoz week 6 Language Policy Timeline

Timeline created by Leticia1972
  • Introduced teaching all subjects in English in the public schools 1898-1900

  • Commissioner of Education Brumbaugh decided that English would be the language of instruction only in the Secondary schools

  • The Official Language Act granted official status to both English and Spanish

  • Language Act was revoked and the new Commissioner of Education re-establshed English as a medium of instruction in all grades

  • The shifts in language policy continued 1903-1917

  • There was a change toward a more nationnalistic view. Spanish was reinstated as the medium of imstruction for the first grades.

  • The nationalitic trend persisted. 1917-1930

  • Commissioner of Education, José Padín introduced a language policy which required all subjects except English to be taught in Spanish in the first eight grades.

  • The language policy again shifted wheb the new Commissioner, Blanton S. Winmthrop made English the language of instruction in all grades.

  • Commissioner Dr. José M. Gallardo, and the President of the United States wondered why Puerto Ricans after 38 years of occupation didn't acquire the English

  • Winthrop's Policy was modified. English was re-established as the language of instruction in the secondary schools.

  • First elected Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Muñoz Marín, established Spanish as the language of instruction in all grades. English was to be taught for one period a day as a second language

  • After the 1968 Bilingual Act they implanted the Bilingual Projects: Padre Rufo and Papa Juan XXII Schools. These projects were maintained for 4 years. The Governor of Puerto Rico Rafael Hernández Colón 1972-1976

  • Governor Carlos Romero Barceló transfered the Bilingual Program to the English Department. In 1984 Romero Barceló signed the Bilingual Certification Law. It is hard to obtain the Bilingual Certification although the law is signed since 1984

  • Governor Rafael Hernández Colón declared Spanish the island's sole official language

  • Rafael Hernández Colón was elected as a Governor of Puerto Rico. They approved four new projects for the Department of Education in different universities to emphazided Engligh as a second language. 1988-1992

  • Pedro Roselló was elected Governor of Puerto Rico whose first official act was to make both English and Spanish the official languages

  • José Arsenio Torres, Secretary of Education named a Director for the Bilingual Program

  • Two different governors in Puerto Rico. Both belongs to same party and there wasn't big changes in the language policy. 2001-2008

  • Governor Luis Fortuño was presented elected. He tried to do what more than a century of American citizen of American citizen ship has failed to accomplish. He wants the Puerto Ricans fluent in English. Installed a bilingual curriculum in 31 schools. Rei