ERIC Number: ED064603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Biculturalism through Experiential Language Learning.
Brennan, Pamela; Donoghue, Anna Acitelli
This paper describes the English as a Second Language Program developed for educationally disadvantaged Mexican-American adults as part of the educational offerings of Project Step-Up, an OEO-funded demonstration program in San Diego. Project Step-Up features a multifold methodological approach incorporating techniques from (1) life skills problem-solving; (2) programmed instruction; and (3) learning laboratories. This rationale led to the extension of the language laboratory into the community. The students are experientially prepared to assume productive roles in the alien Anglo culture through individualized programs of job and community related materials, techniques, and tasks aimed at making them as bicultural as possible. Because it is believed that decision making in the language context is facilitated by contrasting the two cultures, the students are placed in contexts that allow them to collect cultural information, analyze it and act on it. Contrast is the catalyst for eliciting information about themselves in relation to both cultures. Contrast sets, a basic technique of linguistics, is thus extended to the notion of teaching biculturalism. (CL)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingualism, Contrastive Linguistics, Cultural Differences, Decision Making, Educational Methods, Educationally Disadvantaged, English (Second Language), Individualized Instruction, Language Instruction, Learning Activities, Mexican Americans, Problem Solving, Second Language Learning, Spanish Speaking
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll., CA. Div. of Adult Education.
Identifiers: California (San Diego); Project Step Up
Note: Paper presented at the Inter-American Seminar on Literacy in Social and Economic Development, Key Biscayne, Fla., Apr. 1972