ERIC Number: ED204850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-13
Immersion. A Method in Staff Development?
Reusswig, James M.
An experimental program in California may offer a potential answer to the nation's acute need for bilingual teachers. In the 1960s and 1970s the number of limited- and non-English-speaking students expanded rapidly, especially among the Hispanic and Asian-Filipino populations. Students with such English-language problems are more likely to drop out of school or to lag several years behind English-speaking students. Because of these problems, federal judicial and administrative decisions have required bilingual education for these students. However, there are far fewer bilingual teachers than are needed. Existing training programs are not filling the need and also have not substantially improved teachers' attitudes toward minority children. The Bay Area Bilingual Education League (BABEL) created a six-week "immersion" program to help solve both these problems. In an initial project, 90 American educators lived for four weeks in Mexico, where they received both language and educational training and did practicum work--all in Spanish. Early results indicate that participants improved not only their knowledge of Spanish and of Hispanic culture, but also their attitudes toward minorities. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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