ERIC Number: ED328058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Teacher Performance in Spanish Elementary Classes. Volume One. Final Report.
Johansen, Barry-Craig P.; And Others
A two-year program, designed to improve the elementary school Spanish language partial immersion program in the Minneapolis Public Schools, is described. Program objectives included the improvement of teacher skills and satisfaction, preparation of instructional materials in science and language arts, enhancement of student learning and satisfaction, and long-range planning for program and curriculum development. Activities and accomplishments of the project's first year are described. Seven specific objectives and methods for measuring outcomes were established. Efforts focused on two distinct areas, team-building and language skills. Literature is reviewed in both areas and the specific project activities in the second year are described, including initial and final teacher attitude surveys, day-long workshops with follow-up sessions, development of individualized learning plans, teacher language practice sessions, curriculum development workshops, translation of instructional units, development of language skills in the upper elementary grades, and student achievement testing. Fifteen specific conclusions and 12 recommendations for improvement are offered. (MSE)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, FLES, Immersion Programs, Instructional Improvement, Language Arts, Language Teachers, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Science Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Surveys, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Skills, Worksheets
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.