ERIC Number: ED262913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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Accelerating the Development of Oral Language of Children of Low Socio-economic Status.
Farrar, Elizabeth B.
Within the purview of a Chapter One Basic Program, this practicum initiated a 3-month intervention in oral language development for minority group first grade students with language differences and delayed speech who attended Gove Elementary School, Belle Glade, Florida, Goals for students included extension of mean length of utterance (MLU), and growth in general cognitive ability. Goals for the school and the program were: an increase in awareness of the relationship between oral language development and reading and an awareness of the need for a developmental program in oral language. Intervention involved various activities, including rhythms and movement, dramatization, language experience, and sentence patterning. Evaluation data showed an extension of MLU of nearly 34 percent, a growth in function words of 42 percent, and an overall growth in Piagetian seriation, numeration, and discrimination tasks of 19 percent. As a result of the intervention, plans were made to modify the Chapter One Basic Compensatory Program to include language experience and oral language components. Related materials are appended, including diagnostic material such as the Sentence Repetition Technique; Piagetian tasks of discrimination, seriation, and numeration; and descriptions of activities, including Magic Circle, Getting Ready, dictating the shared conversation, sentence patterns, ball rhythms, categories, reading lips, and spontaneous group talk. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Mean Length of Utterance