ERIC Number: ED333621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Instruction for Language Minority Children with Mild Disabilities. ERIC Digest #E499.
Ruiz, Nadine T.
This digest describes a model curriculum for children from language minority groups, called the "Optimal Learning Environment Curriculum--A Resource for Teachers of Spanish Speaking Children in Learning Handicapped Programs." This bilingual special education class model is governed by the following principles: (1) take into account the student's sociocultural background and its effect on oral language, reading and writing, and second language learning; (2) take into account the student's learning handicaps and how they may affect oral language, reading, writing, and second language learning; (3) follow developmental processes in literacy acquisition; (4) locate curriculum in a meaningful context where the communicative purpose is clear and authentic; (5) connect curriculum with the students' personal experiences; (6) incorporate children's literature into reading, writing, and English-as-a-Second Language lessons; and (7) involve parents as active partners in the instruction of their children. (17 references) (JDD)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Handicaps, Limited English Speaking, Mild Disabilities, Minority Group Children, Models, Spanish Speaking, Teaching Methods
Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA ($1.00 each, minimum order $5.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests
Note: Based on "An Optimal Learning Environment for Rosemary," by Nadeen T. Ruiz, which appeared in "Exceptional Children," Vol. 56, No. 2 (October 1989).