ERIC Number: ED319247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Hispanic Orientation to Life in America. Project HOLA, 1987-88. OREA Report.
Berney, Tomi D.; Mohagdam, Val
In its fifth year, the Hispanic Orientation to Life in America Project (Project HOLA) served 472 Spanish-speaking students of limited English proficiency. The aim of the program was to help students develop English language skills, enter mainstream classes, and understand Spanish and American culture. The program provided instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) and native language arts (NLA), and bilingual content classes in mathematics, science, social studies, economics, and psychology. The program met one of it's stated ESL objectives, and achieved its objectives for orientation to American culture in one semester. It was not possible to assess NLA objectives, although skills did increase. Content area objectives were met in social studies and science in one semester. The attendance objective was met. It was not possible to determine whether the program met its objectives in staff development, study skills, or career studies. The parental involvement goal was not met. Program weaknesses included lack of coordination or centralization, changing student population, and shortage of resources. A program strength was that it benefitted its target population in ESL instruction, bilingual education, and orientation to American life. Inclusion of native history and culture in the curriculum and offering of parent courses are recommended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Bilingual Education Programs, Career Awareness, Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Hispanic Americans, Native Language Instruction, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Spanish Speaking, Staff Development, Study Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.