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ERIC Number: ED152069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Pages: 28
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The Cultural Implications for Teaching ESL to Mexican-American College Students.
Crane, Vicki Ann
The first section of this paper consists of an examination of the relevant research and literature concerning the conclusion that an effective ESL (English as a second language) program for Mexican-American college students must combine the teaching of language and culture. Four domains are isolated and defined: EFL (English as a foreign language), ESL, bilingual education, and English as a second dialect. Research on the factors contributing to success in learning a second language is reviewed, and the importance of self-esteem to success in the educational process is discussed. In order to draw implications for the teaching of ESL to Mexican-American college students, the characteristics of this particular group, as they are described by various authors, are examined. The major implications for teaching ESL to these students are that: (1) an attempt should be made to create or maintain the students' desire to integrate into the culture; (2) parents and families should be involved in the ESL program; (3) confrontation with the new culture can be made easier by the teacher; (4) attention should be paid to students' self-concept and self-esteem in the language learning process; (5) Mexican culture and history should be incorporated into the ESL program; and (6) teachers' attitudes and values should reflect acceptance of cultural pluralism. A sample dialogue incorporating the teaching of language and culture is presented, and the ways in which it accomplishes this incorporation are discussed. (CLK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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