ERIC Number: ED297563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Utility of the SBIF Features for the Instruction of LEP Students.
Tikunoff, William J.
The Significant Bilingual Instructional Features (SBIF) study identified, described, and verified features of bilingual instruction of a wide variety of limited English proficient (LEP) students. It collected data on instructional organization, time allocation, classroom language use, active teaching behaviors, academic learning time, student participation styles, and classroom, school, and community context variables through a variety of quantitative and qualitative procedures. This document reports on a study segment verifying the utility of the initial findings for practitioners: (1) for improving instruction for LEP students, (2) for implementing instructional programs, and (3) for aiding various ethnolinguistic groups. Verification was carried out through meetings with teachers of LEP students, teacher educators, administrators of bilingual education programs, and others interested in the instruction of LEP students. The participating practitioners indicated that the framework for bilingual instruction developed in the study was a potentially useful tool for conceptualizing, observing, analyzing, and evaluating instruction. They also saw two areas for change in school district policies regarding bilingual education: discouragement of language alternation and over-frequent testing. (MSE)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Bilingual Education, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, English (Second Language), Language of Instruction, Limited English Speaking, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Scheduling, Student Participation, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Styles, Testing
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Note: For related documents, see FL 016 113-120.