ERIC Number: ED060753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Literacy in the Mother Tongue and Second Language Learning.
Gudschinsky, Sarah C.
Bilingual education programs which foster literacy first in the mother tongue and then in the second language, before the second language is used as a medium of instruction, are proving to be successful in a number of locations around the world. Several social, psychological, and pedagogical advantages result from this bilingual education strategy. Such programs encourage community understanding and support, minimize the culture shock for the child entering school, augment the child's sense of personal worth and identity, develop the child's habit of academic success, and utilize the child's fluency in his own language in learning the skills of reading and writing. Conscious control of one's own language facilitates the learning of a second language in the formal school setting. New ideas can be introduced in the mother tongue; reading ability facilitates the learning of a second language. In such bilingual programs, literacy in the mother tongue is followed immediately by learning to read and write in the second language. (VM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Child Language, Community Involvement, Cultural Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Strategies, Language Acquisition, Language Fluency, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Language Skills, Literacy, Primary Education, Reading, Second Language Learning, Self Concept, Writing (Composition)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.
Note: In "Conference on Child Language," preprints of papers presented at the Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 22-24, 1971, p341-355