ERIC Number: ED224344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program: Final Report.
The extent to which primary school students participating in an English-Ukrainian bilingual program in Manitoba, Canada, were acquiring skills in Ukrainian and English language arts was evaluated for the 1981-1982 school year. This program, which was instituted in 1979, provides half of the instruction in English and half in Ukrainian. Using "Ukrainian Language Tests," scores were collected on first-grade students and third-grade students. The "Metropolitan Achievement Test-Primer Level" (MAT) was administered to first-grade students in the bilingual and regular programs, and the "Canadian Tests of Basic Skills--Level 9" (CTBS) was administered to third-grade bilingual students and control-group students. After about 2.5 years in the program, students were performing at about the 75 percent level on Ukrainian oral skills, and were developing reading and writing skills. After 4 months in the program, students' English language skills were not as advanced as those of control-group students, but by grade 3, these differences disappeared. It is concluded that students in the English-Ukrainian bilingual program are developing English language arts skills at a level comparable to that displayed by students in the regular program, as well as learning the Ukrainian language. (SW)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Education Programs, Educational Assessment, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Immersion Programs, Language Skills, Language Tests, Primary Education, Reading Skills, Speech Skills, Student Evaluation, Ukrainian, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manitoba Dept. of Education, Winnipeg.
Note: For related documents, see ED 198 727-728, ED 172 514, ED 163 040, ED 139 266.