ERIC Number: ED103879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Pluralism: Lumping vs. Splitting.
Rodrigues, Raymond J.
Students in English methods courses must be encouraged to develop a multicultural awareness and to become concerned with "language arts" as opposed to "English arts." In order to be prepared to enter into and function as teachers in a pluralistic world, English teaching majors need to study and practice multicultural teaching strategies and to become aware of behavioral learning styles which differ from culture to culture. Particular terms such as "ethnic,""sub-cultural," and "educationally deprived" fail to accurately portray the individuals they purportedly describe, and in many ways are harmful to students. Universals exist in the literatures of all peoples and the myth that multicultural literature is necessarily different from other types of literature must be exposed. Multicultural literature can be used by preservice and inservice teachers of English to develop in themselves and in their students an awareness of both the universal characteristics and the differences among peoples. (Some of the linguistic elements that differ in Spanish and English and some approaches for dealing with them are also discussed in this paper.) (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on English Education (13th, Colorado Springs, March 20-25, 1975)