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ERIC Number: ED388036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 63
Abstractor: N/A
Elementary Bilingual and ESL Education Programs and Their Effectiveness within Schools. A Descriptive Study, Teaching Methods, and Strategies.
Perez, Cassandra Leigh; Karr-Kidwell, PJ
The purpose of this report was to collect a summary of information on instructional programs for bilingual students in Irving Independepent School District (Texas), so the parents of these students as well as staff members could evaluate the existing bilingual programs. The effectiveness of improving English-as-a-Second-Language skills for students, grades 1-5 at John Haley Elementary School (Texas) was also examined. The study measured the effectiveness of the programs using English- and Spanish-language parent and staff surveys and questionnaires that assessed the teaching methods and strategies used. Results suggest that 93.6% of parents agreed with the methodology used, while only 73.81% of teachers agreed with the methodology. It is concluded that the degree of effectiveness is in the eye of the beholder and that differences between parents and teachers could be connected to different expectations. The report recommends that each campus needs to make good, competent decisions in deciding which teaching methods and strategies should be used for bilingual students. Administrators, teachers, and parents need to take their individual student population into consideration. Further research on bilingual education is recommended as is a yearly survey to evaluate needs and expectations. Appendixes include copies of the English- and Spanish-language surveys and questionnaires, results pie-charted by grade, and parent and teacher comments on the program. (Contains 35 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas