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ERIC Number: ED263784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Issues in the Use and Teaching of the Native Language to Asian Limited English Proficient Students.
Park, Wook; And Others
A discussion of the use of native languages in the instruction of limited English proficient Asian students addresses three questions: (1) whether the students' native language should be used as a means of instruction; (2) whether there is a transfer of skills from the native language to the second language; and (3) how the language and culture of the language minority children can effectively assist in the learning of English language skills. The discussion draws on information gathered from a survey of teachers of Asian language minority children, observations presented by teaching personnel representing bilingual, English as a second language, and immersion programs serving these populations throughout Illinois, and a dialogue between practitioners and theorists. It is concluded that teaching in the native language is highly recognized and most recommended for concept development and that the transfer of cognitive and academic proficiency is easier than the transfer of basic communicative skills from the native language to English. It is noted that the native language, vocabulary, phonology, grammar, writing system, syntax, learning styles, and cultural implications are similar in most Asian languages, and that these areas do facilitate progress from the native language to English. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A