ERIC Number: ED084913
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar
Reference Count: 0
El espanol: La lengua de Puerto Rico. Aprecio y defensa de nuestra lengua materna en la ciudad de Nueva York (Spanish: Language of Puerto Rico. Appreciation and Defense of our Mother Tongue in New York City).
Ramirez de Arellano, Diana
The author presents her appreciation and defense of Spanish as it is spoken in New York City, especially among Puerto Ricans. She believes that the institution of bilingual education in the city's schools is an important first step in elevating Spanish to the position it deserves as a means of instruction and communication. The instructional materials still need, however, to reflect the predominant culture of the Hispanic population. Closely related is the need for well-trained Spanish-speaking teachers who can easily relate to the educational problems of the students. These measures will help to reverse the negative self-concept that Puerto Ricans have of themselves and their language. With such a change of attitude, the author believes will come the self-respect necessary for a true appreciation of Puerto Rican Spanish, which when spoken properly is different but in no way inferior to Peninsular Spanish. (SK)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, Educational Programs, English, Language Programs, Language Usage, Latin American Culture, Minority Groups, Puerto Ricans, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Spanish, Spanish Speaking, Speech, Speech Education, Speech Improvement
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY.
Note: Speech (in Spanish) presented in the Puerto Rican Heritage Lecture Series for Bilingual Professionals