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ERIC Number: ED337034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Bilingual Education: A Focus on Current Research. Focus, Occasional Papers in Bilingual Education, Number 3.
Krashen, Stephen D.
Focus, n3 Spr 1991
The core of the case for bilingual education is that the principles underlying successful bilingual education emphasize the same factors that underlie successful language acquisition in general: understanding messages and obtaining comprehensible input; using background knowledge; and the development of literacy. The importance of the first language is discussed, and arguments against bilingual education (including the case for immersion--and submersion--programs as alternatives for limited English proficient children) are examined and rebutted. An argument is made for strengthening bilingual education by providing a richer supply of primary language reading materials. Sheltered subject matter teaching is also supported as a contributor to second language development and as a valuable part of bilingual education. It is concluded that properly organized bilingual programs work. Contains 46 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A