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Extending Bilingual Education into the Home*


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    Based on a paper presented at the ACTFL Pre-Conference Workshop on Bilingual Education, Boston, Mass., 19 November 1973.


ABSTRACT  Several studies have stressed the learning advantage of young children, especially before age three, and described successful reading by children aged two or three. Bilingual/bicultural education can benefit from tapping the learning potential of preschool-aged children-either by a lowered school-entering age or by extending the school into the home. Theoretically, out-of-school learning has the advantage of involving grandparents as a source of traditional folk materials, parents as active users of the non English language, and older children as tutors. The school also has responsibilities for providing daily bilingual television programs, mobile classrooms, trained home visitors, educational toys, books, and other materials; and for helping to organize, monitor, and evaluate such programs. Such out-of-school learning could suggest new principles and strategies for the enrichment of bilingual education and help provide children with two media of learning as they begin their formal schooling.