ERIC Number: ED301376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
"Through the Looking Glass: A Multicultural Future." A Report of the Bilingual-Multicultural Education Conference (12th, Anchorage, Alaska, February 5-7, 1986).
The conference focused on the importance of using one's language and cultural heritage for the future growth of individuals and the State of Alaska. This conference is a major activity of the Alaska Department of Education in providing training and technical assistance to personnel from the 35 school districts with bilingual-bicultural programs. Four speakers addressed the conference. Elsie Math, a Yup'ik educator, spoke about the development of a Yup'ik textbook on traditional ceremonies, the role of tribal elders as teachers, and the use of culturally relevant materials in bilingual programs. James Cummins reviewed the history of educator attitudes toward bilingual education, and emphasized that first language maintenance empowers language minority students and enhances their academic achievement. Stephen Karshen, a linguistics professor, explained second language acquisition in terms of response to comprehensible input in a low anxiety environment, conditions for which teachers should strive in the classroom. Geneva Gay spoke of the need for bilingual education teachers to consider the cultural context in which language learning occurs, and to attend to differences among students and teachers in body language and cultural value systems. The report includes many photographs, brief descriptions of the 106 conference workshops and activities, and four short award-winning student essays. (SV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Bilingual/Bicultural Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska