ERIC Number: ED217717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
A Comparative and Descriptive Review of Four Types of Bilingual Education Paradigms.
Valencia, Atilano A.
Four types of geometric configurations used in illustrating bilingual education plans are described. The first type and one of the earliest consisted of a matrix form with horizontal/vertical columns. Three instructional designs based on this figure are a full-immersion approach, a dual language transitional plan, and a third plan in which the first language is phased out as an instructional medium. A second configuration, also based on a matrix design, differs from the first in that models using it represent a process toward bilingual maintenance. A third design depicts a partial bilingual model in grades K-1, with an English full-immersion plan in grades 2-6. The 2-6 component provides for more advanced instruction in English as a second language. Another model based on the same configuration provides for a continuous expansion of bilingual education in the school system. The fourth design is a concentric circular design, which shows the inclusion of two languages, several curricular areas and suggested instructional themes. The latter plans offer ideas for teachers to use in applying both a humanistic and a cognitive approach in furthering the education of bilingual-bicultural students. (AMH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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