ERIC Number: ED210903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
A Review of the Research on the Teaching of Reading in Bilingual Education.
Smith, Philip D.
This paper reviews research literature in the following areas associated with second language reading: (1) the level of language development in the native and target languages, (2) the teaching method selected, (3) the teaching materials selected, (4) the time and place of initial literacy in the home-language (L1), (5) the transition from home-language literacy to English reading (L2), (6) the potential transfer of reading skills from one language to another, (7) the cultural compatibility of methods and materials, and (8) the teacher. Major topics addressed include research in reading in bilingual education, dimensions of reading, research on ex-post facto variables (SES, sex, culture, learning style), research on reading readiness, the language for initial literacy, methods for teaching reading to bilingual learners, and teaching reading to advanced students. Recommendations for approaches to teaching reading are explored based on whether the goal of the program is acculturation into the dominant linguistic culture, functional bilingualism and biliteracy, or the preservation of the first language and ethnic identification. (JK)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Bilingual Education, Cognitive Style, Cultural Context, English (Second Language), Ethnicity, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Materials, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Literacy, Native Language Instruction, Reading Readiness, Reading Skills, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Speech Skills, Spelling, Teacher Influence, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Skills
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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