ERIC Number: ED117967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Bilingual Education. Papers Presented at the Language Teaching Conference (3rd, La Trobe University, May 3-4, 1974).
Rado, Marta, Ed.
The conference was held to alert teachers and other interested persons to the complexities of linguistic diversity in Australia, with attention focused on the immigrant child. This report includes the individual conference papers, presented by Marta Rado, Bert Townsend, Michael Clyne, Alan Matheson, and Rede Lar, and the comments of symposium and forum participants. The implications of bilingualism and biculturalism are analyzed from the standpoint of language development, language contact, social integration, social mobility, and communication interference. Principals and teachers elaborate on the practical problems encountered in schools with a high degree of immigrant intake. The Multilingual Project, a form of bilingual education developed at La Trobe University, is discussed by school staff who had direct experience with the materials, and its theoretical foundations are described. English-speaking teachers can participate in this program with the help of bilingual pupils, parents, or other assistants. Materials are student-centered, with emphasis on conceptual development. Learners may study in the language of their preference. Project materials are produced in parallel forms of English and immigrant languages, and the units are suitable for independent or small group study. (Author/CLK)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Community Involvement, Conference Reports, Educational Policy, Immigrants, Instructional Materials, Language Programs, Language Variation, Multilingual Materials, Multilingualism, Program Design, Program Evaluation, Sociolinguistics
Centre for the Study of Teaching and Human Interaction, School of Education, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, 3083, Australia (HC $3.00)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: La Trobe Univ., Bundoora (Australia). Centre for the Study of Teaching and Human Interaction.
Identifiers - Location: Australia