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ERIC Number: ED001698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
Pages: 39
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TEACHING BILINGUAL CHILDREN.
Fresno County Schools, CA.
THE PROBLEM INVOLVED WITH TEACHING BILINGUAL CHILDREN IS THEIR POSITION IN TWO WORLDS, THOSE OF ENGLISH AND SPANISH. TO HELP THESE CHILDREN, ACTIVITIES AND METHODS ARE PRESENTED, INTENDED FOR USE WITH CHILDREN FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE. IN KINDERGARTEN, ONE OF THE PRACTICES THAT THE TEACHER OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING CLASS SHOULD PUT INTO PRACTICE IS BALANCING THE CLASS, WITH SPANISH-SPEAKING PLACED ALONGSIDE ENGLISH-SPEAKING CHILDREN. A SELECTED SPEAKING VOCABULARY AND MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR LISTENING SHOULD BE OFFERED. STORIES, POEMS, AND SONGS, PREDOMINANTLY ENGLISH, SHOULD BE USED. IN THE FIRST GRADE, ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE DEVELOPED WHICH BRING THE CHILDREN TOGETHER IN COMMON EXPERIENCES WHERE THEY MAY TALK AND LEARN THROUGH TALKING. ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN WHICH USE MATERIALS SUCH AS POINTS, VOCABULARY CARDS AND BUILDING BLOCKS. SMALL-GROUP INSTRUCTION IN LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AT THE INDIVIDUAL'S LEVEL OF NEED SHOULD BE EMPLOYED AS WELL AS STORY AND POEM WRITING. THE TEACHER WORKING WITH SPANISH-SPEAKING BEGINNERS SHOULD HELP THE YOUNGSTERS DEVELOP CONFIDENCE IN THEMSELVES. SHE SHOULD PRAISE ALL THEIR EFFORTS TO SPEAK ENGLISH, AND ACCEPT THEIR USE OF BEGINNING WORDS AND PHRASES. IN TEACHING THE OLDER CHILDREN, TEACHERS SHOULD REALIZE THAT SPANISH-SPEAKING CHILDREN REACT TO THE LEARNING SITUATION IN THE SAME WAY AS DO OTHER CHILDREN. TEACHERS SHOULD APPRECIATE ALSO THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD HUMAN RELATIONS IN THE LEARNING SITUATION AND EMPHASIZE THE VALUE OF BILINGUALISM. THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF SPANISH-SPEAKING CHILDREN AFTER GRADE ONE REQUIRE THEIR INTEGRATION INTO THE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS.
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Authoring Institution: Fresno County Schools, CA.
Identifiers: California (Fresno)