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ERIC Number: ED313145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 124
Abstractor: N/A
Implementing a Whole Language Curriculum To Improve Oral Language Competence in an Inner-City Kindergarten.
de la Cruz, Beverly Metro
A kindergarten teacher designed and implemented a practicum for increasing the oral language competence of 20 kindergartners in an inner-city public school. Goals were to improve children's receptive and expressive language abilities, social skills, and mastery of kindergarten curriculum objectives, and to increase parent involvement. A whole language curriculum was implemented. Instruction focused on themes that included all curriculum content areas. Coordinated curriculum components were designed to maximize student involvement in class activities. Learning centers and cooperative learning strategies contributed to the establishment of a nurturing classroom atmosphere. Parent participation was encouraged through conferences, newsletters, parent education materials, and parent-and-child activities. Primary teachers were trained in whole language teaching and learning principles and strategies. Practicum evaluation data revealed that the intervention was effective beyond expectation. The intervention increased the children's receptive and expressive vocabularies, improved their use of appropriate language structures, and contributed to mastery of curriculum objectives. It was evident that the program had a positive impact on teachers. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A