ERIC Number: ED138041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Role of Foreign Language Educators in Bilingual Education.
Blanco, George M.
Foreign language educators should make themselves known in the field of bilingual education because they have a good deal to offer. While bilingual education differs basically from foreign language programs in that it entails the use of two languages for all or part of the curriculum and not simply instruction in the language as such, it does include some very important elements of foreign language instruction. One of the disappointing features of some bilingual education programs in Texas is that people who do not have a strong background in Spanish are making many mistakes and the children are perpetuating these errors. Bilingual teachers must have preparation in language teaching and linguistics, and the teacher preparation program at the University of Texas is attempting to give teachers this preparation. The expertise that the foreign language field has acquired over the years can be shared effectively with people in bilingual education. Foreign language educators should find out what services they can render the language component. They should be sympathetic and of service to the concept of bilingual education. (CFM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Teachers, Bilingualism, Dialects, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Language Instruction, Language of Instruction, Language Programs, Language Teachers, Linguistics, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Spanish Speaking, State Programs, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Conference on Coordinating Foreign Languages (Austin, Texas, February 27-28, 1976)