The Problem of Bilingualism and Foreign Dialect
Since the United States is still the melting pot of the world, a country where large numbers of its citizens converse in other tongues, and where many children still enter its schools without speaking a word of its language, the problem of bilingualism and foreign dialect will always be encountered by the speech correctionist. Research studies indicate that bilingual children are handicapped in the verbal intelligence tests, in reading, and in most of the other school subjects. Adults whose speech betrays their foreign origin or social environment are commonly handicapped in a majority of the ordinary occupations. These individuals require skilled treatment if they are to eliminate their speech difference and handicap.