ERIC Number: ED135218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Augmenting Reading Skills through Language Learning Transfer. FLES Latin Program Evaluation Reports, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76.
A project was begun in 1973 in the Indianapolis Public School system based on the hypothesis that English language skills and the control of syntactic structures can be measurably improved through participation in a specially designed Latin FLES program stressing the importance of Latin root words. Goals of the project were to assess whether or not the study of Latin and classical civilization will: (1) expand the verbal functioning of sixth grade children in English, and (2) broaden their cultural horizons and stimulate an interest in humanities. The project was directed towards approximately 400 sixth graders in six schools, all studying Latin and classical civilization in a program coordinated with their regular classes. They received a thirty-minute lesson each day 5 days per week taught by a Latin specialist. The present program evaluation report shows overall gains in word knowledge, reading, language, spelling, math computation, math concepts, math problem solving, and social studies after the first year, and gains in spelling, reading, and math concepts following the second and third years of the program, as seen from results on subtests of the Metropolitan Achievement Test. Teachers' evaluation of the program were generally favorable. (CLK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Classical Languages, Cultural Education, Elementary Education, English, FLES, Humanities, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Language Skills, Latin, Program Evaluation, Reading Skills, Second Language Programs, Vocabulary, Western Civilization
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indianapolis Public Schools, IN.
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