ERIC Number: ED219949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the First Two Years of the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program: Summary Report.
A 3-year pilot bilingual program based on the Manitoba curriculum was evaluated to determine the degree to which program objectives had been achieved. The program uses Ukrainian as the language of instruction for 100% of the time in kindergarten and for 50% of the time in grades 1 and 2. The study investigated the following: (1) the extent to which students had acquired skills in Ukrainian language arts, English language arts, and the primary school program as a whole; (2) students' awareness of Ukrainian cultural heritage in Canada; and (3) attitudes of parents, teachers, principals, and superintendents toward the program. The first objective was measured by tests, teachers' progress reports, and comparisons of test scores with scores of children in the regular program; objectives 2 and 3 were studied by questionnaires and interviews. Tests indicated that, after 2 years of instruction, children had average scores above 70% in understanding, speaking, and reading Ukrainian. Differences in average scores in English language skills and in regular program subjects between bilingual and regular program children were not considered significant. Parents and teachers reported that the children had developed a greater awareness of Ukrainian cultural heritage. Generally, all adult groups were found to be satisfied with the program and wanted it extended through grade 6. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manitoba Dept. of Education, Winnipeg.