Language and Content-Area Instruction for Secondary LEP Students with Limited Formal Schooling: Language Arts and Social Studies
Pierce, Lorraine Valdez, Comp.
National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education Wheaton, MD.
No of pages:
22 p.; based on Curriculum Guides prepared by the ESOL/HILT Staff of Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, Virginia.
This paper, part of the NCBE Teacher Resource Guide Series, describes the Special Needs High-Intensity Language Training (HILT) Program established in the Arlington (Virginia) Public Schools in 1984. The purpose of the HILT Special Needs class is to instruct limited-English-proficient (LEP) students who have three years or less of previous schooling and/or who are illiterate in their native language. The class provides these students with survival skills for coping with the American school system, basic literacy skills, and an introduction to oral/aural communication in English. The program consists of a 3-hour language arts component which emphasizes individualized and small-group instruction and a 5-hour social studies component which focuses on concept and thinking/study skills as well as basic social studies vocabulary. Factors critical to the success of the program are: (1) reduced class size; (2) modified curriculum; (3) modified scheduling (three-block period with one teacher); (4) a bilingual teacher's aide for each class; (5) regular support meetings for teachers and aides; and (6) fall and spring parent-teacher conferences. Included in this guide are suggested objectives and strategies for communicating with parents, planning field trips, teaching reading readiness, managing the classroom, and preparing social studies activities. A prereading checklist and seven sample social studies units are provided. (JWK)