ERIC Number: ED026158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Bilingual Project of Harlandale Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas, in the First and Second Grades of Four Elementary Schools during 1967-68 School Year.
Pryor, Guy C.
An evaluation is provided of a project designed to create a bilingual environment and a program of bilingual instruction for first and second grade Spanish speaking children. A comparison is included of the language development and reading ability of the students taught in Spanish and English with those taught in English only. A pre- and post-testing program and teacher observations, comments, evaluations, and recommendations are utilized in the evaluation. Conclusions reveal that teachers feel bilingual instruction should be continued; pupils have a better self-concept, feel more accepted, have more pride in their own culture, and derive pleasure from materials portraying their culture after completing the program; pupils who have exhibited the most language development are bilingual and have increased cognition and intellectual development; and there is no significant difference in the reading abilities of the 2 groups. It is recommended that: (1) a structured core program in language development be designed, (2) the Spanish-speaking child's first contact with formal language development be in Spanish, (3) pre-first grade oral language development be in both Spanish and English when possible, (4) Headstart programs be conducted in Spanish for those taught bilingually in first grade, (5) first grade students in the program continue into second grade bilingual program, and (6) better coordination, selection, and assistance be provided for those involved in the program. (SW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harlandale Independent School District, San Antonio, TX.
Identifiers: Texas; Texas (San Antonio)