ERIC Number: ED311721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Erasmus Hall High School Bilingual Program, 1987-88. OREA Report. Evaluation Section Report.
Berney, Tomi D.; Plotkin, Donna
The Erasmus High School bilingual Program of instructional and support services served 111 limited-English-proficient students in its fifth year of federal funding. The program's major goal was to provide the least academically and linguistically prepared students with the instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) needed for moving into mainstream academic classes. Students received instruction in ESL, native language arts (NLA), and bilingual instruction for some students (Haitian) in mathematics, science, and social studies. Students had the options of enrolling in an ESL typing class, mainstream subjects such as gym and art, and in a hotel and restaurant management program. Non-instructional components included academic, personal, career, and college counseling, individual and small-group tutoring, an after-school and summer jobs program, and extracurricular activities. While the program did not achieve its ESL objective, over 80% of students passed their NLA classes, and the attendance rate was higher than that of comparable mainstream students. Recommendations for program improvement include (1) restructuring the coordination of the ESL, NLA, and content area components; (2) recruitment of a Haitian Creole-speaking guidance counselor; (3) inclusion of staff development in methodology for ESL, NLA, and content areas; and (4) continued efforts to increase parental understanding of and involvement in the bilingual program. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.