ERIC Number: ED121063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Capitalizing on Language Diversity for Children's Learning.
Shuy, Roger W.
Language diversity should be viewed as an asset to schools rather than a liability. Educators should capitalize on the situation and adapt early by developing a bilingual education program. Three levels of decision-making are discussed, with alternatives and criteria described for each. (1) Program decision-making involves a range of choice from monolingual non-English schooling through bilingual education to English-only instruction at the opposite end of the scale. Factors to be considered are how well each program provides balanced instruction, language skills and cultural respect, and what materials and staff are available. A bilingual program best fulfills most requirements. (2) Curriculum decision-making involves choosing among transitional bilingualism, monoliterate bilingualism, partial bilingualism and bilingual maintenance. Similar questions about balanced instruction, language skill development and self-concept enhancement may be asked. The bilingual maintenance model appears superior. (3) Instructional decision-making involves choosing among a balanced bilingual instructional model, a preview-review model alternating languages during each lesson and a day-by-day alternation model. The balanced bilingual instructional model appears most effective. A listing of bilingual education resource centers is included. (CHK)
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