ERIC Number: ED306771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Focused Russian Bilingual Instructional Program, 1986-1987. OEA Evaluation Report.
Scorza, Margaret H.
The Computer Focused Russian Bilingual Instructional Program was a federally-funded program providing instructional and support activities for 321 Russian-speaking students of limited English proficiency at four public and two private high schools in Brooklyn, New York. The main goals of the program were to develop English proficiency and provide content area instruction and computer literacy. Instructional content varied across sites. Public school students took courses in English as a second language, Russian culture and literature, content areas, business, and vocational courses taught in English. Private school students had tutorials and small-group classes in English and academic subject areas. Career awareness was developed by the grade advisor at each site, and additional components included personal counseling, tutoring, parental advisement, curriculum development, and staff training. Analysis of student achievement indicated that program objectives were met in content-area courses and computer literacy/keyboarding but not in English language development. The native language literature and culture courses were found to have unrealistically high objectives. Recommendations for program improvement include additional guest speakers in high technology fields, program-wide activities to promote student contact across sites, more appropriate assessment of English language skills, and more realistic native language goals. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Acculturation, Bilingual Education Programs, Career Awareness, Computer Assisted Instruction, Curriculum Design, English (Second Language), Federal Programs, High Schools, Limited English Speaking, Private Schools, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Russian, Student Characteristics, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn. Office of Educational Assessment.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)