ERIC Number: ED408861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Parents as Teachers: The Development of a Parent Involvement Model for Teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Korean in the Elementary School.
Cooper, Thomas C.; Miller, Valerie
A study was undertaken to develop an innovative model for introducing elementary school children to the critical, less commonly taught languages of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean by using international parents as teachers. A three-step plan was implemented over the period of a school year: (1) native speakers who were doctoral students in language education, established and taught Chinese, Japanese, and Korean classes in the fall; (2) language classes were professionally videotaped and the tapes used to train parent volunteers; and (3) parents attended training seminars do they could take over the classes gradually. The study examined which teaching techniques and activities were most effective in promoting language learning, students' attitudes toward learning a foreign language and culture, student achievement, and the international parents' attitudes toward the teaching experience in an American school. Results are outlined and implications for international parent involvement in language teaching are discussed briefly. Appended materials include a videotape viewing checklist, sample student group interview questions concerning the language learning experience, categories and examples for coding teaching techniques on the videotapes, and class schedules and student characteristics. Contains 15 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Chinese, Elementary Education, Heritage Education, Japanese, Korean, Native Language Instruction, Parent Participation, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Department of Language Education, Aderhold Hall R. 125, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602; Attention: T. Cooper (videotapes available to schools).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (1997). Related Videotapes not available from EDRS.