ERIC Number: ED237198
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Language Skills through the Use of Specific Learning Centers and Language Experience Activities with First Grade Children.
Markovitch, Martha L.
A practicum study designed to address the problem of inadequate language development skills in first-grade children was conducted. Specifically, efforts were directed toward developing and implementing a specialized instructional program to remediate students' deficiencies in listening comprehension, basic concept skills, classification skills, and oral expression. A learning-center approach combined with the language-experience method comprised instruction for 15 children in the target group. Instruction was provided for approximately 90 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for a period of 4 months in an environment where children could interact with each other and with materials, make decisions, and express themselves freely. Control group members (14 children) received instruction by a basal-reader approach in a conventional first-grade classroom. Test results indicated that a large percentage of students in the target group achieved the projected increases on posttests when their scores were compared with pretest performances. A few control group students also showed significantly increased scores. Recommendations for future program refinement were suggested. (Appendices include charts of center instruction skill strands, a sample center ticket, and a reading/school attitude survey). (Author/BJD)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classification, Classroom Research, Concept Formation, Educationally Disadvantaged, Grade 1, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Language Acquisition, Language Experience Approach, Language Skills, Learning Centers (Classroom), Listening Comprehension, Primary Education, Speech Communication
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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