Publication Date

1981

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Alvino Fantini

Abstract

The materials consist of nine curriculum units designed for use with bilingual students at 4th, 5th, and 6th grade levels. Although originally developed for French-English bilingual students, they can be used with any language group, since the learning activities are themselves not language-specific. The language used for each communication project is collected from the students themselves: hence the units themselves can be used with any bilingual group.

The learning activities are also designed to be used in multilevel classes, i.e. classes where students' language proficiency may vary. They of course may also be used in classes where such variation does not occur.

These communication modules are currently in use at Acadia School in Madawaske, Maine where teachers are keeping track of changes and/or modifications necessary depending upon different grade level needs, etc. We plan to revise the present set of units for publication in 1982 and add additional projects if possible. An evaluation sheet is uncluded followign the units to suggest ways in which comments on the units might be submitted to the author to help in the revision process in 1982. Any and all comments would be welcomed, and can be sent to the author at the above address.

The materials included here are as follows:

- Introduction, where background of materials development is discussed. - My Role as a Teacher, where my views of the teacher's role are discussed insofar as such related to how the project units are designed. - The communication Modules: Newspaper, Radio, Comic books, Stories, Picture Dictionary and Pictionaries, Picture File, Who's Who, Riddle Books, and Professional Dictionaries. - Conclusions including comments on how the units might be used, and observations of teachers who have used the units at Acadia School where they were designed.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education | First and Second Language Acquisition | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching