ERIC Number: ED331316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Biliteracy in the Home: Practices among Mexicano Families in Chicago.
One segment of a larger study examined literacy activities occurring within the homes of immigrant families in Chicago's Mexican-American community. During the first year and a half of fieldwork, literacy practices seemed minimal and infrequent. However, further analysis indicated that such practices were occurring, and were woven into the fabric of family life. Within the community and the home, a variety of print in English and Spanish was available. Literacy was found not to be taken for granted, but was actively taught by parents. Literate adults within the social network were held in high regard. Proficiency in literacy appeared to be linked to childhood opportunity for schooling, with a clear trend toward increased literacy with each new generation. Even older adults indicated great interest in some literary texts. It was concluded that these families, especially as a social network, have considerable expertise with literacy, routinely handling literacy demands in this as well as other domains, and consistently indicating interest in improving their literacy skills. However, it is noted that development of literacy extension efforts must take into consideration the community's perception of the place of literacy in its life and respect its cultural values. A 58-item bibliography is included. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Biliteracy; Illinois (Chicago)
Note: Paper presented at the Biliteracy Colloquium of the Center for Applied Linguistics, National Clearinghouse on Literacy Education (Washington, DC, January 12-13, 1991).