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ERIC Number: ED298756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Transitional Systems Management in Bilingual Education.
Baker, Maria Gonzalez; Blomstedt, Bob
The Texas Education Code, in which bilingual education is specifically required to contain six components, translates into a systems model for practical application. The model contains these steps and processes: (1) informal instruction using the student's language and cultural values and experience in the home; (2) thorough skill assessment, diagnosis of language dominance, degree of bilingualism, and level of English language proficiency; (3) teacher determination of the skills to be learned, matching the child's developmental stages with the instructional objectives and prescribed curriculum; (4) grouping according to language proficiency (generally, Spanish-dominant, bilingual, and English-dominant), with subgrouping when appropriate; and (5) formal instruction by grouping. Other strategies used in this approach include individualized instruction, peer tutoring, contracting, team-teaching, and flexible scheduling. All of these strategies have been found to facilitate learning and provide for individual differences in a bilingual setting. Consideration of children's learning styles, home-school cooperation, the inclusion of learning activities relating to specific teaching objectives, and careful record-keeping and evaluation are also seen as important program elements. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas