ERIC Number: ED271966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Bilingual Learners: How Our Assumptions Limit Their World.
Freeman, David; Freeman, Yvonne
Five common assumptions are held by teachers about learners: (1) adults should choose what children need to learn; (2) oral language must be mastered before written language can be introduced; (3) real, whole language is too difficult for students learning language; (4) language learning is different in different languages, and simultaneous learning will be confusing; and (5) specifically for bilinguals, teaching in English is essential to school success and acculturation. There is research to dispute each of these assumptions. One instructional approach that incorporates recent research and rejects the assumptions is the whole language approach, which integrates all four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), exposes children to language in real, functional contexts, encourages language exploration, and builds on the students' existing linguistic strengths. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (20th, Anaheim, CA, March 3-8, 1986).