ERIC Number: ED248719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Mother Tongue Teaching in Britain and the United States: Some Current Developments.
Houlton, David; King, Edith W.
Recent developments and trends in the field of native language instruction among language minority groups in Britain and the United States support the growing attitude that a multicultural curriculum reflecting children's cultural experiences is appropriate, and the development of multilingual materials and classroom strategies has taken priority. In Britain this has taken the form of a national effort, called the Mother Tongue Project, including research on the linguistic diversity of local communities and support for primary curriculum development. Instructional and supporting materials were developed from this initiative. In the United States the initiatives have taken the form of a federal bilingual education program, with controversy focusing on both cost and program direction. A variety of materials and programs have been developed within this national trend, with varying results. In Britain, arguments are strong for supporting children's bilingualism. In the United States, school districts confronted with growing immigrant populations are seeking a middle ground between native and English language emphasis. What are clearly needed are further research, curricular materials, and teacher education. (MSE)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Philosophy, Educational Trends, Federal Programs, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Instructional Materials, Limited English Speaking, Material Development, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Multicultural Textbooks, Multilingual Materials, Native Language Instruction, Publications
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Great Britain; United States
Note: Paper presented at a Global Crossroads Conference (Washington, DC, May 1984).