ERIC Number: ED318255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct-21
Reference Count: 0
Language Teachers and Bilingual Education: Are We Helping or Hurting?
Savignon, Sandra J.
In this document a discussion of the relationship between foreign language education and bilingual education addresses four questions. In response to the first, "Has foreign language education been supportive of bilingual education?", the proposed answer is that it has not, despite attempts to link the two to justify the existence of foreign language programs. Nonetheless, it is proposed that the survival of both foreign language and bilingual education depends on the encouragement of diversity. The answer to the second question, "Do foreign language teachers consider that they are preparing bilinguals?", is that this is not usually the case because bilingualism is thought of as unattainable. It is suggested that bilingualism should be considered a process rather than a goal. The third question, "How many language teachers consider themselves to be bilingual or bicultural?", is seen as answerable only by individual teachers. Teachers are encouraged to examine how many occasions for interaction in the foreign language they teach they have found in recent years, or how native-speaking language teachers can maintain their differences from the dominant American culture. Finally, in answer to "Is bilingual education affecting foreign language education?", it is concluded that only time will tell how beneficial the relationship is. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Dimension: Languages 77. Proceedings of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (Orlando, FL, October 1977).