ERIC Number: ED065209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Helping Advance Bilingual Learning in Abernathy (HABLA). Evaluation Report, 1970-1971.
Abernathy Independent School District, TX.
The long range objective of this bilingual program was to reduce the high dropout rate of Mexican American students. Kindergarten and 1st-grade students were to be instructed in both English and Spanish, and the program was to be expanded one grade level each year. The program was set up to be a voluntary experiment for Mexican Americans, Anglo Americans, and Negroes. The method used in teaching the bilingual program to the kindergarten class were as follows: (1) naming and classifying objects in either English or Spanish, (2) identifying family members in either language, and (3) identifying and naming colors in either language. First-grade students were expected to respond to instructions given by teachers in both languages and to learn to write simple words in English and Spanish. The kindergarten and 1st-grade bilingual program was evaluated using the following tests: (1) the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, (2) the Inter-American Series, Test of General Ability, and (3) the Stanford Early School Achievement Test. Videotape interviews and spot evaluations of students were also made. Because findings proved promising, the following recommendations were made: (1) the program should be continued and allowed to move into the 3rd year of the 5 year program, (2) the in-service Spanish course for school personnel should be continued, (3) more bilingual materials should be acquired, and (4) community involvement should be expanded. Test results are included. (FF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abernathy Independent School District, TX.