Una Mejor Opportunidad para Aprender: La Educacion Bilingue Bicultural (A Better Chance to Learn: Bilingual-Bicultural Education).

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      The effectiveness of bilingual bicultural education as a means of increasing the opportunities of language minority students is examined in this report, which is addressed to educators and the general public. First, an introduction defines key terms, briefly outlines controversies which surround bilingual education, and describes the contents of the report. Three chapters follow, focusing on different aspects of the central topic. Chapter 1 provides a historical overview of language minorities and education and then focuses on the needs of today's mostly Spanish-speaking immigrants, and the recent public policies affecting them. In Chapter 2, the English as a Second Language approach is analyzed for purposes of comparison and the educational principles underlying the bilingual approach are discussed. In Chapter 3, to clarify what bilingual bicultural programs are and how they work, selected bilingual programs are described, and information is provided on evaluation procedures for such programs. Finally, a brief conclusion discusses the report's implications and asserts that bilingual bicultural education is the program of instruction that currently offers the best vehicle for large number of language minority students who experience language difficulty in the schools. Appendices include discussions of the constitutional right of non-English speaking children to equal educational opportunity, and Federal and State policy on bilingual education. (KH)
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