ERIC Number: ED025305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
The Marie Hughes Language Training Model.
Because disadvantaged Spanish-American children were handicapped by limited language learning and inability to express themselves freely, a model for language training was developed and is being used in the primary grades of the Tucson , Arizona, public schools. The model is based on John Carroll's grammatical analysis and involves teaching children the skills of sentence transformation, sequencing, associating and categorizing. Since the children tend to speak in brief, telegraphic language, increased variety and control of verbal expression is a primary aim of the Hughes development model. Interesting curriculum activities, including trips and sensory experiences, are offered to provide stimuli to get children to talk. Verbal expression is elicited and reinforced by the teacher and her technical assistants. The teacher, herself, gains understanding of language structure and models. The child's own language output, in the form of stories or conversation, is tape recorded and used both for analysis and to provide feedback to the child on his progress. Comparisons of language samples taken in the autumn and in the spring provide some measure of growth. The teacher prescribes for and talks to a child on the basis of his demonstrated individual needs. Specific examples of teaching procedures are given. (MS)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Educational Labs.
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Arizona Center for Early Childhood Education.