ERIC Number: ED460615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Performance Report for Project CLASS (Chinese Language Achievement through Sequential Study) 1997.
Project CLASS (Chinese Language Achievement through Sequential Study), a federally-funded program, introduced the study of Chinese language and culture at Queen Ka'ahumanu Elementary School (Hawaii), forming the foundation of an instructional program to be continued through middle and high school, to meet state foreign language standards. It was designed to serve 90 students over a three-year period through daily after-school classes. The first year's program performance is reported here. Applications for initial enrollment were much greater than anticipated, and participants were chosen randomly. Language instruction and cultural enrichment activities were provided to stimulate listening and speaking skills, with introduction of pictographs after the eight weeks. Formative and summative student assessment is accomplished through criterion-based language skills testing, individual and group work, and portfolio. A curriculum model for elementary school Chinese instruction was also developed. Analysis of first-year activities and results indicates that the program is on track for meeting its mission of establishing an innovative and replicable program model. Effects of a budgetary delay are also assessed, and detailed program budget information is provided. (MSE)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Rate, Federal Programs, FLES, Mandarin Chinese, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Second Language Programs, Second Languages
Western Curriculum Coordination Canter (WCCC), Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1776 University Ave., UA2-7, Honolulu, HI 96822. Tel: 808-956-7384.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Manoa. Western Curriculum Coordination Center.
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii