ERIC Number: ED215557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Bilingualism and Minority-Language Children. Language and Literacy Series.
This handbook provides an introduction to research findings related to bilingualism in minority-language children, and describes the implications of these findings for issues of current concern in Canadian education. Bilingualism is defined as the production and/or comprehension of two languages by the same individual. The phrase "minority-language children" refers to children whose first language is different from the language of the wider community. The topic is discussed under five headings: (1) issues dealing with bilingual and bicultural education, providing for instruction in a variety of languages, psychological and educational ramifications, and a case study; (2) the historical perspective and the context for bilingualism and bilingual education at present in Canada and in other countries; (3) a presentation of research findings and a consideration of the patterns of bilingualism and cultural identity typically developed by minority children; (4) a review of theories related to learning two languages and a formulation of a cognitive "think tank model" for language learning; and (5) a consideration of the practical implications of the research findings for "heritage-language" teachers and minority parents who are eager to promote a high level of first language proficiency. The book concludes with a summary of what is known about bilingualism and children's development. (AMH)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Child Language, Children, Cultural Background, Language Maintenance, Language Processing, Language Research, Minority Groups, Second Language Learning
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.