ERIC Number: ED066522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Differences Revealed Through Language. NCRIEEO Tipsheet, Number 8.
Biculturalism implies much more than bilingualism. Bilingualism has been defined in a variety of ways, but perhaps the most commonly accepted definition is varying degrees of understanding of two languages. But biculturalism implies knowing and being able to operate successfully in two cultures. This means knowing two modes of behavior, and knowing the beliefs, values, customs, and mores of two different groups of people. The language used at a particular time and place would have the referents in the culture the language represents. Not "all little children are alike": children are different because cultures force all of them to think, react, value, believe, and act in certain modes. It appears that one even learns in very distinct patterns because of cultural differences. Teachers must accept these differences in students and start working to provide equal educational opportunity in the classrooms. One could capitalize on the language children bring to school. The students have already internalized the sound patterns of a language and their written work could be based on these sounds. If these sound patterns are Spanish, the instruction should be in Spanish. Simultaneously, with this instruction, the second language should be introduced systematically. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism, Culture Conflict, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), Language Handicaps, Language Patterns, Spanish Speaking
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for Research and Information on Equal Educational Opportunity.