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ERIC Number: ED029278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
Tele-TESOL in Puerto Rico for the Primary Grades.
Welninski, Virginia M.
The lack of qualified English teachers is a pressing problem in Puerto Rico where, officially, English is taught in grades 1-12 one hour each school day. Less than 1% of the primary grade teachers are qualified to teach English as a second language, yet because of their excellent methodology, they teach "very effectively their own faulty speech habits which become so deeply recorded in the language-susceptible nervous systems of the young children that they probably never can be erased." The program "Play With Me" described in this paper is an attempt to provide an opportunity for the children and teachers to hear English spoken by native speakers. It is a weekly half-hour television program transmitted from stations in San Juan and Mayaguez and received throughout Puerto Rico and the islands of Vieques and St. Thomas. In remote places, it is probably the only opportunity the children have to hear native English speakers. Coordinated inservice teacher-training sessions are held biweekly at three centers, using teachers from the Chicago Board of Education, and University of Illinois graduate students of TESOL as live models. The program aims to interest the children in learning English as a second language through songs, games, rhymes, stories, and activities linguistically designed to emphasize fundamental American English speech habits. (AMM)
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Identifiers: Puerto Rico
Note: Paper given at the Third Annual TESOL Convention, Chicago, Illinois, March 5-8, 1969.