ERIC Number: ED087844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
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An Evaluation of the Bilingual Center for Preschoolers in District 17. ESEA Title VII Program.
New York Univ., NY. Center for Field Research and School Services.
During the 1972-73 school year, Community School District 17 in New York City opened its Bilingual Center for Pre-Schoolers, funded under Title VII of the 1965 Elementary Secondary Education Act. The major objectives for the program were: (1) to improve verbal communication skills of all students in their first language; (2) to develop comparable ability in a second language (either French, Spanish, or English); (3) to develop a positive self-image and respect for both cultures studied; (4) to develop "reading readiness" of kindergarten population; (5) to increase teacher awareness of the value of being bilingual; (6) to prepare teachers and paraprofessionals for their added responsibilities through enrollment and participation in college courses and inservice instruction in bilingual education; (7) to develop parental concern and involvement in the program; (8) to develop bilingual ability of parents through participation in second language classes at the Center; and (9) to encourage parents to visit the Center and contribute to the program. The major findings for the program were as follows: (1) the students' ability to communicate in their dominant (first) language improved substantially; (2) most of the French and Spanish dominant students achieved near comparable fluency in English as in their first language; the English dominant were not as advanced in their ability to use French or Spanish as their peers in the program; (3) positive self-image and respect for both cultures were developed; and, (4) most of the kindergarten children are ready to begin to read. (Author/JM)
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Sponsor: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY.
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Center for Field Research and School Services.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bilingual Education Act 1968; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VII