ERIC Number: ED030550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Reference Count: 0
Sustained Primary Program for Bilingual Students.
Keith, Mary T.
The Sustained Primary Program for Bilingual Students is an ESEA/Title III program which emphasizes understanding and appreciating the Spanish, Mexican, Anglo heritage of the Mesilia Valley and southwestern New Mexico, discovering the structure of the language, recognizing how learning occurs, identifying the methodology and strategy needed to create the best learning climate, and exploring ways of expanding the learning environment into the home and community. This 12-month program includes 200 instructional days and short vacation periods. Teachers and pupils remain together from kindergarten through grade 3, and advancement is continuous and nongraded. The language experience approach to reading is incorporated in the culturally centered curriculum. Bilingual instructional aides assist the master teachers, and parent participation is encouraged. Statistical data for the project's first year (1966-67), comparing program children with control groups on the California Test of Mental Maturity, the Metropolitan Reading Readiness Test, and other measures, indicate that dual language instruction enhanced school achievement. Tables and references are included. (CM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Bilingual Teacher Aides, Cultural Interrelationships, Educationally Disadvantaged, Extended School Year, Intercultural Programs, Language Experience Approach, Mexican American History, Mexican Americans, Nongraded Instructional Grouping, Primary Education, Spanish Americans, Spanish Speaking
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Note: Paper presented at the International Reading Association conference, Kansas City, Mo., Apr. 30-May 3, 1969