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ERIC Number: ED357609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
The International Academy for Bilingual Education and Bicultural Studies, Community School District 2, Manhattan, 1991-92. Final Evaluation Report. OREA Report.
The second year of the International Academy for Bilingual Education and Bicultural Studies program in New York City is described. The program provided instructional and support services to 40 Chinese- and English-speaking students in one pre-kindergarten and one kindergarten class at P.S. 1 in community school district 2. Half of the students were English proficient (EP) and half were limited-English proficient (LEP). The project used a home language survey as well as parent and teacher evaluation to determine whether students were EP or LEP. Emphasis of the project was on providing all participants with an enriched program of bilingual education, using language development and activities within the framework of whole language methodology. Parents played an important role and were present in the classroom throughout the year, and staff attended monthly workshops. The Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment assessed dual language proficiency and English language skills. The project met all its pre-kindergarten objectives: social and academic development, content areas, arts, health education, physical education, and multicultural awareness. The project also met its kindergarten objectives for English as a Second Language, but not for dual language. It met the objectives for staff development and parental involvement. One recommendation is offered: to reevaluate the definition of dual language proficiency, since the checklist criteria may not have been appropriate. (LB)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Child Language, Chinese, Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Limited English Speaking, Parent Participation, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Program Evaluation, Staff Development, Whole Language Approach
Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment, New York City Public Schools, 110 Livingston Street, Room 732, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.