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ERIC Number: ED310639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Bilingual Academic Computer and Technology Oriented Program. Project COM-TECH, 1987-1988.
Berney, Tomi D.; Plotkin, Donna
The Bilingual Computer and Technology Oriented Program (COM-TECH) completed the final year of a 3-year funding cycle. The project's primary goal was to provide bilingual individualized instruction, using an enrichment approach, to Spanish- and Haitian Creole/French-speaking students of varying levels of native and English second-language (ESL) proficiency and academic preparation. In two high schools, 237 Spanish-speaking and 106 Haitian Creole/French-speaking students were served. A bilingual resource and computer center was provided at each school, offering computer instruction, tutoring, career advisement, counseling, and help preparing for exams. The centers also sponsored career- and culture-related trips and acted as exhibition centers for Haitian and Hispanic cultural materials and classwork on career skills and computer literacy. An innovative aspect of the program was a basic skills class for parents. The project met its ESL and attendance objectives, but did not meet the content area objective. Recommendations for program improvement include freeing resource specialists from teaching responsibilities, coordination and exchange of ideas among staff of different schools, removal of latches in one computer/resource center, hiring additional counseling staff, testing students for French language skills, and providing basic French language instruction when needed. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A