ERIC Number: ED222081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Spanish Language Planning in the United States. Professional Papers RU-1.
Spanish language planning needs and efforts in the public domains of health, law, work, media and communication, citizenship, social welfare, and education are described. For each of these domains, communication inadequacies, planning authorities, plans for alleviating inadequacies, and efforts at implementation of plans are identified. Perceived language inadequacies in the provision of services to the Spanish-speaking community have been addressed by a wide range of interacting planning authorities. Federal language planning activities are most often in the form of court decisions followed up by laws or regulations. Legal claims based on language discrimination must be backed up by a demonstration that substantial rights are diminished by lack of bilingual services. Other language planning activities include publication of textbooks to teach Spanish to personnel who serve Spanish speakers, bilingual signs and other information sources, and the training and use of interpreters. It is concluded that the most effective plans specify who is to implement the plan, who is to monitor the process, and what guidelines are to be used. Lack of definition and specification leads to disjointed implementation efforts. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Bilingual Research, Los Alamitos, CA.
Note: Keynote address at the Conference on "El Espanol en Los Estados Unidos" (Chicago, IL, October 3, 1981).