ERIC Number: ED075689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
"Building Communication Skills: Home-School-Community" July 1, 1970 to June 30, 1972. Florence-Firestone Project. Final Report.
Los Angeles Unified School District, CA.
An English as a Second Language (ESL) project was conducted for parents of Mexican-American students in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of Los Angeles. The major part of the curriculum was built on home-school communication to allow parents to learn the language of the school setting. Other objectives were to establish more effective dialogue between home, school and community and to encourage involvement in PTA, School Board and other public meetings. A bilingual counselor explained counseling services available for parents and students. Twenty-nine teachers offered morning and evening ESL classes for two academic years. Child care was available for day classes. Bilingual teacher aides were used. Seventy special lessons in home-school-community communication skills were developed, stressing the audiolingual approach. Community and city resources were widely used. Project accomplishments have been positive, as evidenced in: (1) the high attendance of Mexican-American parents at parent and civic meetings; (2) group orientations and individual counseling; (3) the numerous social and cultural activities held on school sites; (4) student surveys showing that ESL lessons were instrumental in creating a better understanding of the school system; and (5) the positive opinion of the project held by parents, community leaders, and school personnel. The special lessons are provided. (KM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Basic Education.
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA.