ERIC Number: ED026183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Spanish to the Spanish-Speaking Child, 1965-1968. Report.
Digneo, Ellen Hartnett, Ed.; Shaya, Tila, Ed.
Realization by educators of the educational problems faced by Spanish-speaking children resulted in a 1965-68 Western States Small Schools Project at Pecos, New Mexico, which sought to establish the study of Spanish as an integral part of daily classroom activities in the elementary school. The objectives of the Spanish Program were (1) to increase oral fluency in Spanish, (2) to begin instruction in Spanish reading and writing, and (3) to develop appreciation and awareness of Spanish culture. Daily activities and audio-visual materials were used to enlarge the children's vocabulary. The results were that by acquiring literacy in the mother tongue, the children were able to appreciate the value of their own culture, and Spanish was accepted as a medium of communication. The program further helped the Spanish child improve his adjustment to the bicultural environment prevalent in New Mexico. (CM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico Western States Small Schools Project, Santa Fe.
Identifiers: New Mexico