Bilingual Education and Social Change by Rebecca D. Freeman

By Rebecca D. Freeman

A basic creation to bilingualism, bilingual schooling, and minority schooling within the usa, and an ethnographic/discourse analytic examine of the way one "successful" dual-language programme demanding situations mainstream US academic progammes that discriminate opposed to minority scholars and the languages they converse. Implications for study perform and perform in different university and neighborhood contexts are emphasised.

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In sum, I was interested in documenting the Oyster educators' approach to Spanish and English language-acquisition planning and implementation. Near the end of my first semester of study, however, my classroom observations suggested a need to question my original assumption that the school's language policy was the reason for the program's success. For example, there was a considerable amount of code-switching to English in Spanish-speaking content classes, but the reverse was not true in English-speaking content classes.

This ideological discourse is reflected in the Constitution which makes no reference to the choice of a national language, and in Constitutional protections of free speech that have included the freedom to choose the language one uses, as well as the content one discusses (Heath, 1981). < previous page page_32 next page > < previous page page_33 next page > Page 33 This dominant discourse of tolerance, however, has been challenged repeatedly throughout US history, and it is being directly confronted today.

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s in the United States meant that groups that had traditionally been denied access to public institutions were asserting their rights to full participation in US society. At the same time, changing immigration laws in the < previous page page_19 next page > < previous page page_20 next page > Page 20 1960s allowed more immigrants to enter the United States (see Chapter 2 for further discussion of civil rights and immigration movements in the United States during this period), and the District of Columbia became a port of entry for many Latin Americans.

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