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ERIC Number: ED331331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Biliterate Immigrants in a Community Setting.
Pacio-Lindin, Dino
Every immigrant has a right to literacy in his native language, but native language literacy alone does not guarantee success. The objective of a program begun in the 1970s in New York City was to develop biliteracy in immigrants so they could start and manage small businesses in the community. Despite a lack of political protection for the community, and despite a gentrification policy and an economic downturn, program participants were motivated to further develop their skills, and they turned to public higher education institutions to fulfill their aspirations. The City University of New York was unsuccessful in establishing a college for this population, but the State University of New York backed the creation of a non-campus, bilingual, biliterate neighborhood college, the Lower East Side Bilingual Unit. In this environment, one-to-one contact with mentors and tutors and fair evaluation of prior knowledge contribute to immigrant student success. Using the student's source of basic needs and aspirations, the wish to succeed in business, as core content facilitates effective learning of English as a Second Language. Development of biliteracy requires development of the bilingual brain, which in turn requires a dialogue of cultures and languages based on mutual respect. True biliteracy needs a true bicultural environment. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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