ERIC Number: ED222079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Literacy Instruction in Bilingual Settings: A Synthesis of Current Research. Professional Papers M-1.
Mace-Matluck, Betty J.
Research on the effectiveness of literacy instruction of bilingual children is reviewed. Most research on reading in a bilingual setting involves college students in the United States or younger students in other countries, while research on writing in a bilingual setting is only beginning to emerge. The review focuses on the nature of literacy, reading, writing, and the interface between reading and writing. Specific topics include: the distinction between oral and written language, language and context, learning to read and write, factors contributing to the acquisition of literacy, the relationship of first language literacy to acquisition of second language literacy, transfer of skills across language, second language oral proficiency and reading achievement, and teaching practices and materials. In conclusion, literacy involves language which moves beyond the scope of interpersonal communication with its contextual cues. For children whose second language is not English, initial literacy instruction in the native language may provide the necessary basis for acquiring literacy in English. Extensive references are included. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Bilingual Research, Los Alamitos, CA.