ERIC Number: ED357662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-12
Intergenerational Literacy: An Evaluation of Program and Progress. The Latin American Literacy Project Final Evaluation.
Watt, David L. E.
In this evaluation of The Latin American Literacy Project, eight major recommendations are made based on firsthand observations of the project, discussions with staff and students, the evaluation of new program implementations, the interpretation of results from language proficiency and achievement tests, and the analysis of extensive video recordings. The report includes an assessment of the children's program and an assessment of the adult program. The eight recommendations are: (1) advance the bilingual aspect by making more explicit the proportional approach used in the transition from Spanish to English in the children's programme; (2) make the intergenerational components of the two programmes more prominent by scheduling celebrations of achievement for the participants in the project, and teaching towards these dates; (3) increase the community based activities in support of the programme and the intergenerational literacy aspect; (4) monitor the progress of children leaving the programme and entering elementary school, as a means of judging the longitudinal impact of the programme; (5) develop a method of using the video camera in the daily teaching of adult students, as a means of performance imaging (this will improve their communicative competence); (6) balance the adult testing package so that there are measures for grammatical and communicative competence; (7) encourage and recognize as valuable action research on the part of the teachers in their classrooms; and (8) encourage and facilitate the staff participation in the dissemination of programme reports at conferences. Among the major conclusions of the report are that the strengths of this program are its staff, its bilingual teaching approach, and its unique perspective on intergenerational literacy. Appendices I-IV give statistical information based on Gardner pre- and post-testing. (KM)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Bilingual Education Programs, English (Second Language), Intergenerational Programs, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Literacy, Literacy Education, Native Language Instruction, Program Evaluation, Spanish Speaking, Statistical Analysis, Test Selection, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Test