ERIC Number: ED306913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Bilingual Education Programs, Central Washington State University.
The Bilingual Education Programs at Central Washington University (CWU) are described in this report. CWU has developed programs for training teachers to deal with Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in both undergraduate and advanced study. Training includes language and linguistics, culture and bicultural education methodology, and development of intercultural communication skills. Minority language students are encouraged to participate to help provide more minority language bilingual teachers for role models. In 1979, CWU instituted a Bilingual Studies major which has been expanded to become the Bilingual Intercultural Education major and minor. The graduate programs have added four areas with bilingual specialization. There are now tenure track positions for bilingual education personnel. Non-minority students are being trained in dealing with linguistic and cultural equity issues in public schools. This program has successfully met its recruitment quotas by insuring that over 50% of its clientele is from minority groups. Some recommendations for a small university wishing to implement such a program with minimal resources include: use existing university and outside resources; get an institutional commitment; and develop close communications with districts with bilingual programs and LEP populations. Three appendixes making up the bulk of the document provide: (1) a description of the various program options available at CWU plus a brief course description; (2) a sample evaluation of the bilingual education graduate studies program; and (3) a site visit report by a federal official. (SM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Asian Americans, Bilingual Education Programs, Bilingual Teachers, Equal Education, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Intercultural Communication, Language, Limited English Speaking, Linguistics, Majors (Students), Minority Groups, Models, Program Descriptions, Program Development, State Universities, Teacher Education Curriculum
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Central Washington Univ., Ellensburg.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.