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ERIC Number: ED091115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
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Oral Language and Motor Skills for Non-English Speaking Children.
Davis, Effie Mae
An oral language program was instituted at DeZavala Elementary School (San Antonio, Texas) for pupils from kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 who were identified as having difficulty with oral English expression and in understanding instruction given in other than Spanish. The program employed a bilingual teacher and aides who worked with 4-8 pupils each school day for 30-40 minutes. The children were given intense auditory training in English and Spanish using music and rhythms, and were given motor skill exercises on speech equipment. Goals were revised as slowly or as rapidly as skill improvement demonstrated. Teachers found that, as a result of the program, high risk pupils increased efforts to participate in class work, that language skills in understanding instructions in English and Spanish were improved, and that attendance surpasses class averages. Non-English speaking mothers were used to help the children with motor skill equipment. Although success of the program caused several aspects to be continued in the school, the report recommended further research relating language disability and weaknesses of motor skills. Seven factors which possibly contributed to the success of the practicum were also given. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Texas