ERIC Number: ED256186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Linguistic Bases for Bilingual Education. Bilingual Education Paper Series, Vol. 1, No. 2.
The linguistic bases for bilingual education (i.e, the nature of language, the structures of the native and target languages in a bilingual education program, and the way the two language systems interact) need to be examined and understood as a sound basis for administrative and pedagogical decisions and procedures in the programs. Linguistics is relevant to bilingual education in these ways: (1) it helps in accepting the child for what he is, by recognizing and accepting his linguistic patterns as they may differ from the teacher's, building on his linguistic strengths, and knowing what his language system is; (2) it aids in curriculum planning and the selection and sequencing of instructional materials, and in the selection of what subjects should be taught in what languages of instruction, to maximize transfer of skills; and (3) it is relevant in evaluating and adapting tests, which often reflect the linguistic bias of their creators and need to be adapted to local differences instead of being applied uniformly and unreflectively. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Los Angeles. Evaluation, Dissemination and Assessment Center.