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ERIC Number: ED192971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 23
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Language Attitudes of and Toward Spanish/English Bilinguals.
Gutierrez, Veronica
The causes and effects of resistance to the acknowledgement and appreciation of the language skills and characteristics of United States Southwest bilinguals can be seen in both the Hispanic and Anglo communities. The cultural inferiority ideology of Americans to Mexicans is a historical cause of this resistance, and it is reflected in the bilingual's attitude towards his own speech. Many studies have indicated an inverse relationship between the bilingual's use of the ethnic language and his attitude towards it. The Chicano movement has deepened the anti-Spanish-language attitude observed especially within the less assimilated portion of the bilingual community. The attitudes of public school teachers also play an important role in students' acceptance or rejection of their mother tongue and heritage. Teacher attitudes, often less than objective, can result in low academic achievement for bilingual students. Teacher attitudes are but a small part of the greater Anglo ethnocentrism which has characterized United States opinion, policy, and practice. Bilingual education, in the sense of bilingual maintenance programs, is seen by many as a solution to the problem of accepting linguistic diversity. Another is recognition by both Anglo and bilingual communities of the value of linguistic diversity. (SB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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