ERIC Number: ED180238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb-8
Reference Count: 0
Bilingual Education: A Vehicle for Bilingualism and Biculturalism. Two Presentations in the College of Education, Dialogue Series.
Valencia, Atilano A.; And Others
Two papers on bilingual education are included. "The Emerging Features of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in the U.S.A." by Atilano A. Valencia represents an overview of the development of programs and policies to meet the needs of bilingual students in the United States. The federal legislation and key court decisions of the 1960s that were responsible for mandating bilingual instruction are reviewed. Reasons for incomplete success in implementing these mandates are discussed. These reasons include slow development of bilingual teacher training and material development centers, which are only now beginning to meet demand; and continued public reluctance to discard old attitudes which view bilingual education as at best frivolous and at worst a social threat. In"Bilingual/Bicultural Teacher Education: An Approach," Robert L. Gallegos and Roy C. Rodriguez discuss bilingual/bicultural teacher training in New Mexico, which is offered as a model for other programs. Elements of the model include: (1) public school cooperation in providing student teaching opportunities; (2) assessment of student teacher needs; (3) weekly lesson plans consisting of units designed to meet specific (often interdisciplinary) learning objectives; and (4) evaluative conferences between instructors and student teachers, following completion of the program. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Bilingual Programs; New Mexico