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ERIC Number: ED071791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Pages: 15
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The Language of the Four Year Old Chicano.
Serrano, Rodolfo G.
The language of a small group of 4-year-old Chicano children in a predominantly Chicano nursery school setting (Chicano 85%, Black 13%, Anglo 2%) is the focus of this study, which investigates the phonology of communication, the grammar and syntax of conversations, and the sociocognitive influence on English language usage as expressed by 4-year-old Chicano children. The experimental design used was to (1) identify and randomly select one-half of the 4-year-old Chicano children enrolled in a model city nursery school, (2) conduct 3 interviews with the children during a 4-week period, and (3) analyze the audio-taped interviews and their transcription for linguistic data. The 3 interviews with 14 students consisted of (1) a general conversational interview session with each student to "get to know" each other, (2) a "picture description" test in which they were asked questions about the picture, and (3) a general type conversation in which it was attempted to elicit a spontaneous type of conversation. These interviews were conducted to one side of the center of the classroom. The results indicated that certain well-defined linguistic problems exist in the use of English by Chicano children, that, because of ethnocentric tendencies by most language researchers and teachers, Chicano children suffer unnecessarily in the classroom because of their language difficulties, that their language and culture must be honored, and that their education should proceed from "where they are" to "where their abilities will take them." (NQ)
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Note: Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association meeting, October 28-29, 1971, Boulder, Colorado