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ERIC Number: ED043007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Pages: 66
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A Sociolinguistic Approach to Bilingual Education. The Measurement of Language Use and Attitudes Toward Language in School and Community, with Special Reference to the Mexican American Community of Redwood City, California.
Cohen, Andrew D.
This paper attempts to place bilingual schooling in a sociolinguistic context by relating language use in school to language use in the community. The city treated here, Redwood City, California, has a growing Mexican American population and was one of the 23 California cities selected for bilingual schooling through Title VII; programs were initiated during the 1969-1970 school year. Chapter I, "The Sociolinguistic Description of a Bilingual Community" traces the history of the Mexican American community in Redwood City, and discusses models for dealing with bilingual communities and their applicability to the Redwood City situation. Chapter II, "The Measurement of Oral Language Proficiency of Bilinguals" reviews the literature on discrete-point and overall skills of oral proficiency for young bilinguals and presents general information on the nature of Spanish-English bilingualism among the Redwood City kindergartners and first-graders who were the subjects of the study. Concluding remarks stress the importance of considering socioeconomic and other home factors in studying the child's verbal abilities and the need for better discrete -point and overall skill tests. An appendix presents the questionnaires used in the study, and an 118 entry bibliography completes the work. (Author/FWB)
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