ERIC Number: ED345580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
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A Grass Roots Approach to Addressing the Dropout Rate for High School ESL Programs.
Taylor, Sylvia B.
As part of a practicum, an intervention to reduce the attrition rate of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students was developed and implemented. The 12-week program consisted of direct instruction in English to limited-English-speaking students in conjunction with a cultural activity, the learning of two American square dances. The target group was Hispanic students in a large metropolitan high school. Subjects were 23 students in a self-contained class that met 4 hours a day. The program was voluntary for students deficient in English credits. In addition to standard English usage instruction, students were led in physical exercises and given practical experience in following certain verbal instructions for dancing. Results include the following: (1) 100% student retention; (2) a 17% increase in test scores for 65% of the students; and (3) 100% participation in the final exhibition of dance skills. Only the second criterion fell short of the original objective; the others were exceeded. Implementation procedures for this experiment will be shared with other ESL teachers in the school district. The school district's immersion English instruction plan, pre- and posttests, test results, course materials, and dance instructions are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Identifiers: Square Dancing
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.