ERIC Number: ED208361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Mexican Approach of Developing Materials and Teaching Literacy to Bilingual Students.
Bilingual literacy methods and materials used in Mexico for its linguistic minorities can also be used effectively in the United States. A system based on the techniques of Paulo Freire is being used in that country to create beginning reading materials in all the native languages of Mexico. In this method, generative words concerning foods, holidays, or practical aspects of adult life are discussed and carefully arranged from basic phonetic sounds to more complicated sounds (17 words can express all of the 24 sounds of Spanish). Students who are still deficient in basic skills but too advanced for Freire's method are taught Spanish skills while they learn English. A system, based on the generative word concept and an educational notebook discussed by Freire, was developed to teach English as a second language while reinforcing the primary language. First, problem areas are identified through evaluation of student essays and an error list is compiled, from which generative themes are developed. After discussion of the themes, students construct a list of common words that reflect the concept being taught, write a paragraph, and then discuss the theme, this time in English. Finally, a paragraph is written in English. Both the modified Freire and the generative theme methods are based on the premise that thinking and discussion precede the processes of reading and writing. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freire (Paulo); Mexico
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (26th, New Orleans, LA, April 27-May 1, 1981).