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ERIC Number: ED234598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
First Language Materials in School Libraries.
Greenwood, J'Anne
Emergency Librarian, v10 n4 p16-19 Mar-Apr 1983
The rationale for providing native language materials in school resource libraries is discussed. In 1978, only 0.1 percent of school library collections in Canada were in languages other than French or English. Most English as a Second Language programs are designed to promote students' assimilation into English language society. This orientation impedes the establishment of a foreign language library in the school. In addition, part of the reluctance to use first languages centers around concern over language interference. Recent research has cast doubt upon the validity of this concern. Many authorities are dismissing the interference factor and recommending instruction in the native language as the best route to mastery of a second language. Library acquisition of foreign language material is a slow, expensive process. A shared acquisition program, perhaps on the district level, would partially overcome many of the obstacles to building up a foreign language collection. The educational goal of multiculturalism provides an important rationale for establishing foreign language libraries in the school. (RW)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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