ERIC Number: ED062842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb-29
Spanish: A New Approach to Bilingual Programs.
Sancho, Anthony R.
The child in the bilingual education situation must be aware of the two languages involved as two separate systems corresponding to the two distinct cultural entities that are part of his environment. The child must learn to separate, yet identify with, each system as a useful and necessary means of communication. The teacher-directed method is being used currently to teach Spanish as part of a bilingual curriculum. According to this method, children receive teacher-directed instruction in Spanish as a native language and Spanish as a foreign language, in bilingual switching, and in rhetoric to teach effective speech in both languages and an awareness of human emotions in both cultures. Another method currently being used is the small group process which groups together children with varied language abilities, backgrounds, and academic skills. It is based on the theory that children from different language backgrounds, if exposed to one another's language in a bilingual setting which encourages and reinforces both languages equally, will develop the second language naturally and easily, while improving the first language. (Author/VM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Child Language, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Elementary Education, English, Group Behavior, Language Acquisition, Language Instruction, Learning Activities, Second Language Learning, Self Concept, Small Group Instruction, Spanish, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
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Note: Paper presented at the Sixth Annual TESOL Convention, Washington, D.C., February 29, 1972