ERIC Number: ED435181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Coral Way Elementary School: A Success Story in Bilingualism and Biliteracy.
Pellerano, Cristina; Fradd, Sandra H.; Rovira, Lourdes
Discover; n3 Feb 1998
Coral Way Elementary School (Florida), the nation's oldest 20th-century public bilingual school, is recognized as a model for bilingual education. Its curriculum promotes enrichment and language development while building on the languages students bring to school. As well as a medium for moving students to English proficiency, it is a vehicle for immersing students in a second language experience to prepare them for life in a linguistically diverse world. Students become bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate. All pre-K-5 students are instructed in both English (60 percent of instructional time) and Spanish (40 percent). In English and Spanish components, students receive instruction in reading, language arts, science, and social studies by teachers fully proficient in the designated languages. Mathematics is taught bilingually by the Spanish component teachers. The school promotes self-esteem, respect, and discipline, incorporating the CORE Knowledge Curriculum into a holistic, theme-based program using cooperative learning and problem-solving. Of the 1,376 students, about 432 are identified as limited-English-proficient and attend English-as-a-Second-Language classes. It is a neighborhood school. Parent support is high, and the school addresses community and business language needs. (MSE)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Curriculum Design, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Family Characteristics, Literacy Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Spanish, Student Characteristics, Two Way Immersion Programs
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.