ERIC Number: ED377308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Multicultural Studies. Final Report, Curriculum and Stories.
Frick, Janice R.
A project developed a model multicultural curriculum for teaching students of English as a Second Language as well as students at a 6-8 grade reading level whose first language is English. The project proposed to bring together adults from at least four ethnic groups in a South Philadelphia neighborhood for the purpose of studying each other's backgrounds while improving reading and writing skills. Activities included the following: selecting and evaluating resources; selecting historical, cultural, and multicultural reading materials for the curriculum; selecting methods and techniques of multicultural education and experiential learning; writing the curriculum; recruiting participants; conducting 134 hours of classroom meetings; and editing a booklet of student writings. Participants enjoyed and learned from the curriculum, were eager to share personal stories and cultural information, and enjoyed writing stories and increased their writing skills. (Appendixes include forms, surveys and results, and a 55-item bibliography. The 42-page report is accompanied by the curriculum and booklet of student writings. Part 1 of the curriculum provides activities and reading in five areas: the individual, the family, holidays, the life cycle, and cultural values and attitudes. Parts 2-5 cover U.S. history, myths, poetry, and music and art. Required materials and a 40-item bibliography are appended. The booklet contains 85 student stories.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, English (Second Language), Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Relations, Intergroup Relations, Learning Activities, Literacy Education, Material Development, Multicultural Education, Student Developed Materials, Student Participation, Student Publications
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Partners for English as a Second Language, Inc., Warminster, PA.