ERIC Number: ED443283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation Report: SALSA Educational Programming.
Mirel, Jeffrey E.; Hughes, Michael A.; Strickland, W. Jay
SALSA is a 30-episode video series for early elementary school children produced by Georgia Public Broadcasting. It is intended to do three things: (1) introduce non-Spanish speaking children to the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures; (2) promote appreciation for the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures; and (3) promote cultural pride and self-esteem among Hispanic children. Each 15-minute episode is introduced in English, and the remainder is presented in Spanish. The show uses puppets in each episode who present traditional children's stories as humorous three-act plays. This report aims to evaluate, using quantitative and qualitative data, how effective SALSA has been in regards to its three goals and in generating viewer interest, promoting cultural appreciation, and facilitating Spanish language acquisition. It was found that viewers very much enjoyed SALSA videos, and educators rated it superior to other educational videos aimed for early elementary students. Voluntary viewing of SALSA at home was high, especially among young children. SALSA does promote a positive cultural appreciation of Hispanic people and cultures, and Hispanic children gained in self-esteem. Finally, SALSA was found not only to help non-Spanish speaking children learn some Spanish, but it also helped Spanish speaking children learn English. Numerous tables present extensive quantitative data. Survey instruments and questionnaires are included in the seven appendices. (KFT)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Instruction, Bilingual Education Programs, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), Language Minorities, Multicultural Education, Questionnaires, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Self Esteem, Spanish Speaking, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Georgia Public Broadcasting, Atlanta. PeachStar Education Services.
Authoring Institution: Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA. Div. of Educational Studies.