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Bilingual Elementary Schooling
Andersson, Theodore
The Florida FL Reporter, v6 n2 Fall 1968
This paper reports on a study of bilingual education (schooling using both English and Spanish as media of instruction) by staff from the University of Texas and 30 bilingual elementary-school teachers from 13 Texas school systems. There was wide agreement on basic principles of bilingual education: that every child should be educated to his full potential; that he should learn at least one language beside English; that in bilingual areas, fluency and literacy can be achieved in two languages without loss in regular subjects; that both English- and Spanish-speaking children can master common learnings through two languages as well as through one; that learning in the early stages is best achieved through the mother tongue; that reading and writing should be learned first through the mother tongue and only after learning to understand and speak the second language should reading and writing of it be learned. The study points out the appropriateness of various style levels and regional dialects, and suggests a number of goals for bilingual education experiments, among them to explain the nature and role of language in expression of thoughts and personality, and to provide for objective evaluation of experiments and dissemination of conclusions. (MK)
Florida FL Reporter, 801 NE 177th St., North Miami Beach, Florida 33162 (Reprints $0.25).
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