ERIC Number: ED093176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jan-31
Statement on Linguistic Concerns in Bilingual Education.
Troike, Rudolph C.
Bilingual education involves the use of two languages as mediums of instruction. The particular goals of a bilingual education program often determine the type of program established. The two polar types of program models are: (1) that in which the native language is used only as an oral medium until the national language can be learned, and (2) that in which a full range of skills is developed for both languages. At present there is little research data available to answer many of the questions concerning bilingual education, but it does appear that cultural and socioeconomic factors may play a larger part than native language in students' academic success. Questions relating to the use of the two languages in programs also involve matters of staffing, teacher training, and certification. It must be remembered that a person does not qualify to teach merely because he speaks a particular language. Linguists and anthropologists should play a larger role in organizing bilingual education programs, developing materials, and training teachers. Bilingual education is not simply teaching English as a second language, but a more inclusive concept which insures for all of our children the opportunity to participate fully in the benefits of American life without having to sacrifice part of themselves to do it. (Author/PM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Arlington, VA.
Note: Paper presented to the National Advisory Committee on the Education of Bilingual Children (January 1974)