ERIC Number: ED192310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Building Communicative Competence in the Bilingual/Bidialectal Classroom.
Miyamura, Candace P.
Cultures differ in rules that govern communicative behavior, and these differences can cause teacher/student miscommunication in the classroom and can also interfere with the academic performance of minority group children. These differences can be overcome, however, by knowledgeable teachers who endeavor to build and expand the communicative competence of minority group children. Teachers can accomplish this by fostering children's ethnic identity and pride while expanding their communication skills to include those of the dominant culture. To achieve this, teachers should provide a broad range of experiences to expose children to the full repertoire of communicative strategies and rules as they are defined by each culture. Teachers should also provide activities that expand children's social sensitivity and metalinguistic awareness and that afford opportunities to practice newly acquired dominant culture skills. The goal is to produce individuals who are capable of functioning in two realms and who feel comfortable in both. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intercultural Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (69th, San Francisco, CA, November 22-24, 1979).