ERIC Number: ED209951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Global Education at Home: Ethnic Schools as Sources and Resources.
The thousands of ethnic mother-tongue schools in the United States represent an untapped resource for increasing multicultural awareness and interest in second language learning among American students. The ethnic schools are mentioned in the report of the President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies and in its background papers, but little in these documents goes beyond recognition of the schools' existence. Milwaukee and Chicago offer just two examples of cities with extensive ethnic and second-language programs. Ethnic schools encourage tolerance of diversity insofar as they represent an enrichment of and not a withdrawal from American society. Cooperative undertakings between the schools and the greater society will benefit from agreement on proficiency and achievement standards. Conventions and symposia provide forums for contact between school personnel and representatives of the educational community as a whole. Ethnic schools can provide a community with cultural activities, as well as with an alternate source of academic credit. The commonly taught languages are not slighted by ethnic studies, since the latter serve to render second language instruction a matter of course. (JB)
Descriptors: Cultural Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Studies, Global Approach, School Community Relationship, Second Language Learning, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Not available separately; see FL 012 676.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ethnic Schools
Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Omaha, NE, April 9-11, 1981).