ERIC Number: ED197619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Instruction of Haitian Bilingual Children in the United States.
Foster, Charles R.
Language Problems and Language Planning, v4 n2 p101-06 Sum 1980
Haitians immigrating to the United States speak Creole; at the same time, they frequently claim French as their native language and want their children to be educated in French as well as in English. The teacher of the Haitian immigrant child soon learns that the language which will influence the child's learning of English is not French, but Creole. The Haitians themselves are experiencing conflicts over their social identity in American society and express their conflicts in their views on language use. French language and culture is a prestige factor here as well as in Haiti. An important task of the school, therefore, becomes parent training. Parents could be enabled to understand that the child may make the transition directly from Creole into English instead of via French. At the same time, opportunities should be made for older children who are fluent in English and Creole to learn French because it is the official language of Haiti and is part of its culture. Because of the problem of lack of materials in Creole and of certified teachers who know Creole, linguists and specialists in Creole should be encouraged to apply results of their research to improvement of instructional strategies in the bilingual classroom. (AMH)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Creoles, Cultural Influences, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), French, Haitian Creole, Immigrants, Language Role, Social Status, Sociolinguistics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on International Language Problems, Seattle, WA.