ERIC Number: ED180201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Policy Implications for English-Maori Bilingual Education in New Zealand.
Benton, Richard A.
The development of Maori-English bilingual education programs in New Zealand will have these beneficial effects: (1) the educational needs of Maori children, who are likely to be bilingual when they start school, will be met; (2) the maintenance of the Maori language and culture will be fostered; and (3) the indigenous culture will win new appreciation from the English-speaking majority. A large-scale maintenance program will require a major political initiative prior to the development of curricula and teacher training programs. The Maori language is in decline and can be rescued only by a qeneral recognition that it is in the national interest to preserve this indigenous language and culture. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers: Bilingual Programs; Maori (People); New Zealand
Note: Paper presented at the symposium, "New Zealand's Language Future," ANZAAS Congress (49th, Auckland, New Zealand, January 1979)