ERIC Number: ED030087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-8
Reference Count: 0
A Bilingual Oral Language and Conceptual Development Program for Spanish-Speaking Pre-School Children.
Benjamin, Richard C.
The Michigan Department of Education runs a comprehensive program serving the social, physical, occupational, and educational needs of its approximately 90,000 migrants. Described in this paper are materials prepared as a part of the education program for migrant preschoolers, most of whom speak a nonstandard dialect of Spanish. The Oral Language Lessons, the "heart" of this program, provide the teacher who has little background in either linguistics or in teaching English as a foreign language with linguistically controlled activities while at the same time preparing her to develop similar activities of her own. The 59 English and 61 Spanish lessons, each taking approximately 15 minutes, are designed to be used at the rate of about three per day for eight weeks. The non-English speaking children are taught to understand and discuss basic ideas about size, color number, time and space; identify and describe familiar objects and relationships; and ask questions, all in standard English. The Spanish lessons, taught by a Spanish-speaking person, prepare the child for the conceptual content of the English lessons and also help him acquire standard alternatives for certain nonstandard features of his own dialect of Spanish. These lessons correlate with similar materials being produced by the Department which are available at the kindergarten and first grade levels. (AMM)
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Identifiers: Michigan State Department of Education
Note: Paper given at the Third Annual TESOL Convention, Chicago, Illinois, March 5-8, 1969.