ERIC Number: ED203664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Prospects for Bilingual Education in the Nation. Fifth Annual Report of the National Advisory Council for Bilingual Education 1980-81.
National Advisory Council on Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
This report to Congress and the President analyzes ESEA Title VII implementation and includes an examination of current policy issues and legislation affecting bilingual education. An introductory chapter summarizes the history of bilingual education legislation and the report's contents. It emphasizes the importance of keeping in mind the original compensatory purpose of the program and the possibility of a change in focus. Chapter II presents recent research and program evaluation findings which document that good bilingual programs assist limited-English-proficient (LEP) children to learn English effectively and to develop native language skills. They also enable the child to maintain a positive self-concept. The third chapter presents recent demographic information on non-English-language-background (NELB) and LEP persons, which indicates that the need for dual language instruction will increase. Chapter IV provides information documenting an emerging need for multilanguage capabilities by the U.S. populace, a discussion of conflicting Federal legislation, and a discussion on the need for a clearly defined national policy on language capability and language education. The last chapter presents the implications and impact on the ESEA Title VII which would occur if the program is expanded in focus, scope, and services in order to meet U.S. language needs. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Advisory Council on Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Bilingual Education Act 1968; Bilingual Programs; Limited English Speaking