ERIC Number: ED331325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
English Only/English Plus. A Curriculum Sourcebook for ESL and ABE Teachers.
Balliro, Lenore; Nash, Andrea
An assortment of materials that may be useful in addressing issues of language, culture, and power in the English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classroom is presented. Specific focus is placed on the movement to make English the official language of the United States. Contents include materials developed by teachers and adapted from commercial texts, and suggestions for classroom activities are also offered. The materials are appropriate for native and non-native speakers of English and could be integrated into an adult basic education (ABE) or General Educational Development (GED) curriculum. The packet is organized into four sections. The first addresses the value of bilingualism and preservation of native languages. The readings explore individuals' feelings about their native languages and how languages affect family issues. The second section talks about the English-only movement and its effects on the lives of immigrants. It also explores sentiments and fears that may motivate the movement. Section three examines alternatives to English-only, including the "English Plus" movement and the work of the Massachusetts English Plus Coalition. The fourth section includes background materials for teachers who may want to do additional reading on English-only and English Plus, and several unadapted materials for teachers' use. Two of the readings are in Chinese. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Bilingualism, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language), Family (Sociological Unit), Immigrants, Land Settlement, Language Attitudes, Language Maintenance, Language Role, Literacy Education, Official Languages, Social Bias
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Brookline Public Library, MA.