ERIC Number: ED098796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Transition from Italian: The First Year.
Purbhoo, Mary; Shapson, Stan
This report describes the first year of a two-year experimental, transitional kindergarten program for children whose mother tongue is Italian. Begun in Toronto, Canada as the result of pressure from both the ethnic community and from educators, the program is designed to run for the two years of kindergarten (junior and senior). The bilingual teacher, with the help of a bilingual teaching assistant, conducts classes using mainly Italian. English is introduced gradually with the intention that by the third year of school (i.e., grade 1), the pupils will be able to enter a regular program and learn to read and write in English. Comparisons made between the experimental group and children of similar backgrounds in regular English kindergarten programs revealed two major differences, favoring the experimental group: availability of the mother tongue resulted in a larger proportion of children participating in group conversations and in their parents having more contact with the school. Appendix A consists of background reports relating to the implementation of the program, and Appendix B contains copies of the observation schedules, teachers' rating instruments, and parents' questionnaires used for the project. Findings are detailed in Appendix C. (Author/PMP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toronto Board of Education (Ontario). Research Dept.