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ERIC Number: ED279475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Cooling Down the Melting Pot: Bilingualism and Multiculturalism. Harvesting the Harvesters. Book 10.
Lawless, Ken
The tenth of a series of 10 study units for a Migrant Educators' National Training OutReach (MENTOR) correspondence course discusses issues of bilingualism and multiculturalism as they relate to migrant students. Designed for use in preservice or inservice teacher education, the unit explores the metaphor and myth of the Melting Pot, legal and political dimensions of bilingualism and dual cultures, and definitions of bilingualism and limited English proficiency. It relates to migrant education the language development theory of James Cummins that there are two levels of language proficiency--one, involving use of language in social settings, informal situations, and with friends; the other, the language required by academic exercises and restricted to classrooms--and suggests ways to incorporate this theory into migrant education curriculum. Excerpts from books and research reports: illustrate creative bilingual programs, ethnic diversity, and class strife; encourage respect for cultural identities of all students; and offer perspectives on national policy issues concerning migrants. A 46-item list of readings and other resources and a list of state offices of migrant education are included. (LFL)
School of Professional Studies, Potsdam College, Potsdam, NY 13676.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Migrant Education.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Potsdam. Coll. at Potsdam.