ERIC Number: ED307056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Foreign Language Program for Pre-School Children.
Blake, Susana S.
The director of an Early Childhood Development Center located in the Southeast United States developed a practicum to provide Spanish instruction for preschool children. The main goal of the practicum intervention was to increase the Spanish vocabulary of 18 children of 5 years of age by 30 words over a 10-week period. Spanish words were presented simultaneously with American Sign language so that a physical motion was related to each word taught. Instruction was conducted with materials in the Peabody Language Development Kit. Children received 15 minutes of instruction per school day. The program was administered by an individual who was bilingual and had degrees in foreign language education and early childhood education. Pre- and post-study evaluations of the children's Spanish vocabulary were conducted by means of a formal checklist, sentence translation, and flash cards. Practicum evaluation data indicated favorable outcomes in children's skill acquisition and enthusiasm for the subject matter. Feedback from educators and parents was also positive. Based on the positive findings, the program was continued in the setting of its original implementation. Plans were made for further development and dissemination. Related materials are presented in six appendices and include survey and evaluation forms and Spanish vocabulary in sign language. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Master's Practicum, Nova University.