ERIC Number: ED034712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
The EPDA Institute in Bilingual Education for Teachers of Spanish to the Spanish Speaking (Univ. of Arizona, June 16-August 8, 1969). Final Report of the Director.
Arizona Univ., Tucson.
An 8-week summer institute (three weeks background and preparation, two weeks practice, three weeks summary and translation) was conducted to improve and reorient the abilities of selected high school teachers by giving advanced academic training in the areas of Mexican language, literature, and culture; and by relating these areas of experience to the teaching of Spanish to Spanish speakers in the American Southwest. Four participants were Anglos; 24 were native speakers of Spanish in the Southwest. A core of continuing classes included study of the literary and cultural heritage of modern Mexico, teaching methodology, and culture conflict. Flexible scheduling allowed for a number of guest lectures, field work with junior and senior high school students (demonstration classes, tutoring, etc.), an unscheduled field trip to Huasabas, Sonora (in isolated rural Mexico), extracurricular newspaper and theatrical groups, and films. Participants gained (1) new knowledge of books and other materials suitable for the classroom; (2) new knowledge of programs in other districts, some with federal funding, designed for Mexican-Americans; (3) new awareness of Mexican-American publications, organizations, and activities across the Southwest; (4) a clearer idea of the nature of large-scale public dissent and its repercussions, planned and otherwise, personal and organizational; and (5) for the Anglos, a sharp awakening to what it feels like to be a minority. (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson.