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ERIC Number: ED193958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
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Becoming Bilingual in English in a Philippine Setting: A Partial Report of a Manila Sample.
Gonzalez, Andrew
Philippine students in grades K-6, representing different socioeconomic classes, participated in individual elicitation sessions. Using Pilipino (Tagalog) as the language of elicitation, experimenters used pictorial stimuli to elicit specific structures of English grammar, in order to discover if the subjects had mastered these structures. Only the results for middle-income students are disclosed in this preliminary report. Findings cover the acquisition of the following features: noun subsystem (plurals and pronominal system), verbal subsystem questions, relative clauses, and complements (gerund and infinitive). Age of acquisition of certain features was found to vary according to sex. Time lags between year of entry into the syllabus and year of feature acquisition are specified. Coping strategies of the Filipino English-learner at the morphological, lexical, and syntactic levels are detailed. It is concluded that, in general, the Filipino child learning English through a school bilingual program does not master the structures necessary for the initial stage of language learning even after six years. Implications for curriculum development are set forth. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Philippines (Manila)