ERIC Number: ED126729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May
Implications of Recent Sociolinguistic Research for the Problems of Migrant Worker Children.
Shuy, Roger W.
The relationship between sociolinguistics and educational concerns is examined, the focus of the paper being to discover how current developments in sociolinguistics are contributing to the field of bilingual education. Following a brief discussion of related legislation, basic questions concerning bilingual program implementation are raised, regarding resources, goals and objectives and the meaning of bilingual education. The success or failure of bilingual education is seen to depend upon the extent to which sociolinguistic knowledge is called upon or developed in response to five basic issues: needs assessment, goals and objectives, materials and resources, teacher education, and evaluation. Broad indications as to what has been done in these areas are given. A discussion of functional language, functional language competence, and of the usefulness of sociolinguistic research in determining language attitudes and functional language use for bilingual education contexts precedes a description of what a sociolinguistic framework for bilingual education would entail. Materials, resources, teacher education, and evaluation are discussed in this context. The American Institute of Research and the Center for Applied Linguistics models for evaluating Title VII programs are outlined. (CLK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bilingual Education Act 1968; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VII