ERIC Number: ED066033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Relations Between Teacher Bilingualism in Spanish and English and Attitudes Toward a Bilingual Television Program.
"Carrascolendas" is a bilingual instructional television program, patterned after "Sesame Street", which is designed to introduce Mexican-American children to the dominant American culture and yet encourage them to retain part of their own cultural identity. The program also seeks to maximize the child's chances of success in school by defining as separate task areas the acquisition of reading and math skills and the acquisition of a second language. Teacher attitudes and activities relative to "Carrascolendas" were measured by means of a survey conducted by mail during the 10-week period in which the series was broadcast in Texas. The data from the survey were statistically analyzed to determine what effect the teacher's degree of familiarity with the Spanish language would have on his attitude toward the program. It was found that attitudes are more positive among teachers with a higher degree of bilingualism in Spanish and English, that the series is more likely to be viewed by Spanish-speaking Mexican American pupils, and that increase in the use of Spanish language by both Mexican-American and non-American pupils is more likely to occur in classrooms where teachers are bilingual. (JY)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Carrascolendas (Television Series)
Note: See also EM 010 153; Thesis submitted to the University of Texas