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ERIC Number: ED113115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Happiness Is Bilingual Education for the Children in the San Luis Valley Schools, School Year 1973-74.
San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Services, Alamosa, CO.
The San Luis Valley Bilingual Bicultural Program was begun in 10 schools at the kindergarten level. Each year the next higher grade was to be implemented until the program was in existence from K-4. During 1972-73, there were 1,092 kindergarten and first grade children and 86 teaching staff participating in the program. Its primary goal was bilingual education (successful educational achievement using two languages proficiently, but acknowledging English as the basic language of instruction). Components considered essentail in order to meet the children's needs were: (1) the basic concepts taught in the child's home language; (2) language development provided in the second language; (3) development of self-image, success, and positive identity of his culture; and (4) subject matter and concepts taught in both languages. The Tests of Basic Experiences Levels K-L were administered to 325 students (137 in kindergarten and 188 in first grade) in September and again in April of the 1972-73 school year. Pretest scores were used to determine the strengths and weaknesses of both individual students and the total class. Posttest scores were used to determine the children's progress throughout the school year. Findings showed that all activities scheduled and conducted as prescribed for the year were successfully achieved. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Services, Alamosa, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado