ERIC Number: ED302087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
"Provided There Is an Adequate Exposure to This L2 in the School and Environment and Sufficient Motivation to Learn It": The Applicability (at times "pace" Cummins) of Majority-Language Immersion Programs to Limited- or Non-English-Proficient Spanish-L1 Grade-School Populations in the United States-Mexican Border Area.
Teschner, Richard V.
The El Paso (Texas) Independent School District's district-wide program in majority-language (English) immersion is examined to determine the source of its success. The program's similarities to and differences from the Canadian immersion model are explored. The program's superior results in comparison with the same district's transitional bilingual education programs are looked at in terms of James Cummins' discussions of bilingual education. It is concluded that the immersion program's superiority over the transitional programs can be explained largely in terms of its maximal use of English and its whole language approach. The bilingual immersion program approach is recommended not as a panacea, but as a superior educational alternative. A list of 79 references is included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Comparative Analysis, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Immersion Programs, Language of Instruction, Learning Motivation, Limited English Speaking, Non English Speaking, Program Effectiveness, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Teaching Methods, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A