ERIC Number: ED228873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Bilingualism for the Future.
This paper addresses three current issues in connection with higher education: (1) bilingual education, (2) international students in the United States, and (3) U.S. citizens and resident aliens whose native language is not English. Changes in college and university graduation requirements are proposed that will encourage bilingualism, cause international students to maintain stronger ties with their home countries, and enable the United States to come closer to the ideal of a multilingual society. Programs of study might be offered that would require the students to complete half their coursework in another language, in addition to the programs in English already provided for monolingual students. For example, some universities enroll a large number of Spanish-speaking students. According to this proposal, half the law classes would be taught in Spanish. Both the monolingual English programs and the bilingual programs would be comparable and of equal worth. Since some U.S. citizens and resident aliens whose native language is not English sometimes have difficulties in their native language, it is also suggested that foreign language remedial programs, comparable to English remedial programs, be offered in the colleges and open-door universities. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (17th, Toronto, Ontario, March 15-20, 1983).