ERIC Number: ED350835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The What and How of Bilingual ESL.
Uram, Andrea Jane
This paper describes how the principles of bilingual education were incorporated by an adult education teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) into ESL instruction. This approach is seen as useful only when all the students have the same native language. The method is supported by evidence from the literature of minority student education that more English is learned in a bilingual setting than in an English-only environment, and by Stephen Krashen's theory of the effectiveness of comprehensible input. Techniques used by the teacher include: alternating languages in class or providing reading material in the native language and discussion in English; inviting advanced ESL speakers and faculty as guest speakers using both languages; lowering students' affective filters with familiar or welcoming decorations from the students' country and culture or celebrating holidays from the students' culture; and translating only when explanation is ineffective. Several bibliographies are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Krashen (Stephen)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (26th, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 3-7, 1992).