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ERIC Number: ED447709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Haciendo Escritores: Espanol = Creating Writers: Spanish.
Ritter, Melissa G.; Arrasmith, Dean G.
This teacher guide is meant to provide a rationale for an assessment model for Spanish writing. A wide variety of bilingual and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) programs have emerged to meet this challenge, and writing is integral to these approaches because learning to write well in Spanish is often the key to academic success in English. Changing demographics, the history of bilingual education in the United States, and the research that supports instruction in native language all point to the importance of a new Spanish model. The guide also includes the characteristics of effective Spanish writing, rubrics for scoring student performance based on these characteristics, and student writing samples--all from the work of bilingual and ESL teachers in the field. Also included are classroom applications and strategies for teaching Spanish writing. There are three appendices: "Scoring Guides for Sample Papers"; "Project Methodology"; and "Bibliography" and four tables: "Growth of Total U.S. Student Enrollment and LEP Enrollment"; Growth of Total Northwest Student Enrollment and LEP Enrollment"; "Number and Percentage of Northwest LEP Students Who Speak Spanish"; and "Possible Sources of Bias and Distortion in Student Assessments." Numerous figures, diagrams, illustrations, and 130 print and Web references are included. (KFT)
Descriptors: Charts, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Enrollment Trends, Instructional Materials, Limited English Speaking, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spanish Speaking, Teaching Methods, Writing Evaluation, Writing Skills
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Assessment Program 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204. Tel: 503-275-9500; Web site: http://www.nwrel.org.
Publication Type: Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Assessment and Evaluation Program.
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