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ERIC Number: ED112668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-25
Pages: 11
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A Proposed Investigation of Preschool Biliteracy.
Andersson, Theodore
Bilingual schooling in the U.S. is meant to equalize educational opportunity for children of limited English-speaking ability. Despite the proliferation of bilingual programs in many parts of the country, only very modest progress is being made toward the goal of equal educational achievement. We are coming to realize that limited English-speaking children with a 5- to 6-year handicap in English can only very exceptionally catch up. Only if a greater, not just an equal, opportunity is provided, can these children be expected to compete successfully with their English-speaking schoolmates. There are two prerequisites: (1) that limited English-speaking children be given an early start in learning to read, first in their home language and then in English, and (2) that the community accord non-English home languages the same respect as English. The second, involving profound social changes, will take time. Even the first will require years of experimentation. This paper sketches the preliminary steps of a long-term project to test the hypothesis that limited English-speaking children (how many will have to be determined) can learn to read their home language between ages 1 1/2 and 3 and English between 3 and 5. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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