ERIC Number: ED238967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Chapter I English as a Second Language Program. (Funding Source: ECIA 83-035-134, F330-910-0900.) Interim Evaluation Report, 1982-83.
Vazquez-Nuttall Associates, Inc., Newton, MA.
Boston's Chapter I English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is intended to provide intensified oral/aural instruction in English to students with limited-English-speaking ability who are lagging behind in regular bilingual classes. An ultimate goal of the program is to prepare students from a variety of linguistic backgrounds (including Spanish, Portugese, Haitian Creole, Laotian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, and Chinese) for mainstreaming. According to this report, the program provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn English and eased the transition from the bilingual to the regular classroom. Classroom teachers saw the following weaknesses in the ESL program: too many students, insufficient supplies, and insufficient instructional time. They saw the following strengths: extra English instruction, good preparation for other subjects, individualization, and oral language skills development. ESL teachers saw the program's weaknesses as lack of workshops, lack of a coordinator, and insufficient supplies. More than half of the ESL teachers regarded the materials as adequate. Principals, ESL teachers, and classroom teachers expressed different opinions about the sufficiency of coordination between regular classroom and ESL programs. More than one in three of the ESL teachers thought they were receiving adequate support from the Chapter I administration. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Boston Public Schools, MA.
Authoring Institution: Vazquez-Nuttall Associates, Inc., Newton, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston)