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ERIC Number: ED360852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 65
Abstractor: N/A
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Heritage Languages in Windsor and Essex County: A Report on Productive Practices and Support Needs.
Diffey, Norman; Flewelling, Janet
A study of the heritage language programs (HL) offered by four Ontario (Canada) school districts is reported. Through surveys and interviews of 3 program administrators and 42 teachers, it investigated effective current practices and needs for additional support. Administrators were asked about the scope and delivery of programs and their perceptions of program strengths and weaknesses. The teacher survey inquired about: teacher language and educational background; classroom practices, availability and use of resources, classroom activities, strategies for teaching cultural heritage, and organizational practices for integrating different ages, abilities, language proficiencies, and the general curriculum; degree of satisfaction with aspects of organization and levels of external support; and teachers' general satisfaction and views on the best and worst aspects of the program. Statistical results of the surveys are detailed and anecdotal information and respondent comments are discussed. The characteristics of the HL programs are compared with those of effective language programs. Recommendations include development of guidelines for sequential language programs, inservice HL teacher workshops, HL teacher networking, improved availability of instructional resources, expansion of cultural activities, and HL teacher input into curriculum development. The questionnaires used in the surveys are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada