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ERIC Number: ED107128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Biliteracy, or the Bilingual Child's Right to Read.
Andersson, Theodore
So far bilingual education has had only the most modest success in providing for children of limited English-speaking ability (LESAS) an educational opportunity equal to that of English-speaking children. In fact, to aim only at equality is self-defeating because it is impossible for a LESA child with a five-to-six year handicap ever to catch up with an English-speaking schoolmate. The only solution is to provide the LESA child with a better opportunity in the form of an early start in reading. This paper presents as a reasonable hypothesis a long-range plan for encouraging an LESA child from the age of one and a half to three to learn to read his home language. If he is successful, at age three to five he can learn to read English. In this way, the child overcomes his initial handicap and develops a firm basis for future schooling and for becoming, through ongoing bilingual bicultural education, functional in both his home language and English. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference on Bilingual Bicultural Education (4th, Chicago, Illinois, May 1975)