ERIC Number: ED313910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Increasing Linguistic and Cultural Assimilation through a Language Exchange Approach.
Agurcia, Joan Bundy
The development and implementation of a high school program bringing together 8 limited-English-proficient Hispanic students and 20 students of Spanish as a foreign language is described. The program's objective was to improve relations and decrease linguistic and cultural separation between the two groups. The approach used was multicultural, emphasizing cross-cultural and linguistic studies in Spanish and English. The four steps in program development included: (1) a survey of the class; (2) a test of cultural awareness; (3) merging the two ethnic groups in cross-cultural activities; and (4) evaluating student progress and program success. Results show that students improved linguistically and culturally, and commented favorably on the program. Appended materials include a Latin and American cultural awareness test, pre- and post-test scores on the cultural awareness tests and compositions, samples of cultural assimilators used in the program, and a student questionnaire. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Bilingual Education Programs, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), High School Students, High Schools, Intercultural Communication, Limited English Speaking, Program Descriptions, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Spanish, Spanish Speaking, Student Exchange Programs
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum Report, Nova University.