ERIC Number: ED345583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
African-American Students and Foreign Language Learning. ERIC Digest.
Davis, James J.
The performance and attitudes of African-American students of foreign languages are discussed in this digest. Three major areas are reported: (1) Black English and foreign language learning, including theories of language deficiency, sociolinguistic research, phonology and syntax; (2) research on the performance of African-American students of foreign languages; and (3) research on the attitudes of African-American students of foreign languages. It is concluded that at one time claims were made that the African-American student did not see any benefit or relevance in the study of a foreign language, but that over the past 20 years there has been a shift in the affective component of the African-American attitude toward foreign language study. In the classroom setting, the phenomenon of "anomie," a feeling of estrangement from one's own culture, can be dissipated through the conscientious inclusion of instructional materials focusing on the contributions of members of one's own cultural heritage. Contains 27 references. (LB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: African Americans; ERIC Digests