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ERIC Number: ED331315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
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Sociolinguistic Considerations in Literacy Planning.
Ramirez, Arnulfo G.
The development of biliteracy programs designed for adults involves a broad range of sociolinguistic questions that can be approached from a language planning perspective. As a problem-solving activity, language planning is the realization of language policy that a government adopts in respect to such issues as language diversity, minority language treatment, language standardization, or the national language question. Language planning stresses the social nature of language, its functions in society, and the attitudes or group needs with respect to the different languages or speech varieties. From this perspective, the development of biliteracy programs can follow a series of stages and activities initially conceived for use by developing countries. These include: (1) fact finding about sociolinguistic concerns; (2) identification of literacy goals, including the role of native language literacy skills in relation to the second language, specification of literacy skills in terms of both individual and societal needs, and proposal of strategies for reaching the various goals; (3) preparation of materials and curriculum; (4) implementation and information dissemination; and (5) evaluation. A 70-item bibliography is included. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers: Biliteracy