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ERIC Number: ED051227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Pages: 16
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A Multi-Sensory Approach to Language Development in Children of Different Cultures.
Heinberg, Paul; Sanderson, Sarah
In trying to minimize the disadvantages of children from minority cultures in their first years of elementary school, the usual approach is to employ diagnostic tools which yield quantitative measures of such children's inadequacies, and then to teach in an attempt to yield higher scores. In the area of speech-communication, this approach focuses on measurement of linguistic competence, and then training in language acquisition. Since mass education proceeds from an assumed common experiential base, the lexicon of children from the majority culture is not a compilation of words that children from other cultures need to learn so much as they are labels for experiences which these other children have not had and must acquire. A language acquisition approach is based on the speaker-is-valid model of communication which results in a focus on cognitions and language processes. The described multisensory approach is based on the system-is-valid communication model, and this results in a focus on experiences and communication outcomes. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (56th, New Orleans, December 1970)