ERIC Number: ED079732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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The Teaching of English as a Second Language in the Junior High Schools in Puerto Rico.
Nye, Jean C.
This study evaluated the teaching of English as a second language in Puerto Rico in grades seven, eight, and nine. The study was written primarily for the teachers of Puerto Rican children in the United States, but also for those involved in the English program in Puerto Rico. Eight research hypotheses were formulated. (1) The majority of English teachers lack certification to teach English. (2) For a majority of the teachers of English, traditional English (i.e., grammar) represents their training as well as their approach in teaching. (3) English classes in Puerto Rico have over thirty students per class. (4) Accuracy is emphasized over fluency in the teaching of English. (5) Libraries are inadequate to meet the needs of teachers and students. (6) Teachers lack audio-visual aids. (7) English is taught with an emphasis on North American culture. (8) Teachers spend 25 to 50 percent of the time speaking Spanish in their English classes. Basing the conclusions on the responses to fifteen questionnaire items, hypotheses 2a, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 were supported, while 1 and 2b were rejected. Hypothesis 8 was supported by three of the six educational regions and rejected by the other three. (Author/DI)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Class Size, English Instruction, English (Second Language), Junior High School Students, Language Research, Libraries, Puerto Ricans, Secondary School Teachers, Spanish Speaking, Teacher Certification, Traditional Grammar
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Toledo