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Developing the Oral Language Program.
Olivero, James L.
The Oral Language Program developed by the Southwestern Cooperative Educational Laboratory is intended to disseminate and implement strategies and materials which will improve the teaching of language skills to preschool and primary children with little or no facility in English. The first version of the program, known as Mark I, did not include suggestions for teacher training and the lessons were not culturally relevant to the target population. Three basic research studies and one applied research investigation were begun during the 1967-68 school year, with a streamlined version of Mark I placed in classrooms throughout SWCEL's four-state service area for field-testing in 87 classrooms. An inservice network training program was prepared to make maximum use of both Laboratory and qualified local personnel, or "master teachers." A 2-week institute of master teachers was held in the summer of 1968 to train them to install Mark I and to prepare other teachers in the program. As the result of a further 150 field tests, an outline was prepared for Mark II, including a diagnostic test to assess the needs of the target population, and the model was completed by September 1969. A further modification, Mark II, is planned to contain all the present elements while reflecting needed refinements and supplementary materials. Quality control mechanism will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. (See also SP 004 099). (MBM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwestern Cooperative Educational Lab., Albuquerque, NM.