ERIC Number: ED405443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Compartiendo Culturas/Sharing Cultures: A Title VII Two-Way Bilingual Program at Herod Elementary School 1995-96. Research Report on Educational Grants.
Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
This report describes a program that was designed to end the isolation typically experienced by language minority students in traditional bilingual education and to provide language majority students the opportunity to acquire proficiency in a second Language. The program served 4 classes of approximately 22 students each (85 students) in kindergarten through grade 3, with one grade level to be added each year until a longitudinal and comprehensive two-way developmental bilingual program exists through grade 5. Each participating class was composed of about 50% native speakers of Spanish and 50% native speakers of English. Each language was used as the medium for instruction about half the time, with language mixing in the classroom avoided. Data from the first 2 years of the program indicate that substantial progress was made toward the program's 3-year goals for program participants in both oral language proficiency and content area achievement. In content areas, students of limited English and limited Spanish proficiency performed at or above grade level or showed growth. Parents were very satisfied with the language classes offered. An appendix provides a checklist for project goals. (Contains one figure, eight tables, and five references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VII