ERIC Number: ED219933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Languages, the Public, and the Media.
James, Charles J.
Studies in Language Learning, v3 n2 p84-90 Fall 1981
A survey is presented of foreign language (FL) newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations that broadcast exclusively in foreign languages or that offer foreign language programming. The content of foreign language newspapers and magazines resembles that of English language publications. The majority of the 386 foreign language publications and the 246 bilingual publications appear monthly. Many are directed to a particular audience and cover specific subjects. In terms of circulation, Spanish is the largest with over 1,500,000 readers; but in terms of numbers of periodicals, Ukrainian is the largest. Most foreign language periodicals are concentrated in specific geographical areas and for specific language groups. Only a few radio and television stations broadcast exclusively in foreign languages, but many stations air FL programs in short blocks of non-prime time. It was found that radio stations frequently broadcast programs in three to four languages in a row. Spanish is a special case. Because the Spanish-speaking populace of the United States is large and diverse, the media which serve it are as extensive as equivalent English-language media. There are also small but active radio networks in Spanish, such as "the Caballero Radio Network," and newspapers in Spanish in all major urban areas. (AMH)
Descriptors: Newspapers, Periodicals, Programing (Broadcast), Publications, Radio, Second Languages, Spanish Speaking, Television
Not available separately; see FL 013 032.
Publication Type: Reports - General; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Language Learning Lab.