ERIC Number: ED086030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May-13
The Use of Bilingual Student Tutors in Teaching English as a Second Language.
Harrison, Grant Von; Wilkinson, John C.
Bilingual education, as an approach to the problem of preparing the American Indian child for entry into American public schools, has not proven satisfactory due to a lack of properly certified teachers and a tendency to thrust too much upon the child too fast. In response to this problem, a tutorial system has been devised in which bilingual, upper-grade-elementary Indian children are used as tutors for kindergarten and first-grade Indian children. Procedures to establish this system are: Phase I--to identify the critical vocabulary to meet students' needs; Phase II--to devise diagnostic tests based on the critical vocabulary to indicate individual student requirements; Phase III--to develop training materials, audio-visual materials, and home study materials for the students' tutors and to select and train adult tutor supervisors; Phase IV--to select and train bilingual student tutors and to conduct student diagnostic testing; Phase V--to assign bilingual tutors to individual students and implement instruction; and Phase VI--to conduct a post-assessment of the structured tutoring learning process, to revise the specific tutoring model for use with Navajo children, and to revise the general tutoring model to optimize it for use in second language instruction. (Author/HW)
Descriptors: American Indians, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Bilingual Teacher Aides, Bilingual Teachers, Child Responsibility, Diagnostic Tests, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Program Improvement, Review (Reexamination), Second Language Learning, Supervisors, Tutorial Programs, Vocabulary
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (7th, San Juan, P.R., May 13, 1973)