Describing Bilingual Education Classrooms: The Role of the Teacher in Evaluation
Directed primarily at teachers in bilingual programs, this report suggests ways in which they may assist evaluators in improving the quality of evaluation, particularly regarding descriptive information about the bilingual classroom. Six principles of classroom description are examined: (1) program model, type, and design; (2) student characteristics; (3) instructional methods; (4) teacher and student language use patterns; (5) functional language ability; and (6) development of language skills. Teachers are asked to respond to an example that highlights one or more aspects of each principle; emphasis is on practical, immediate steps that the classroom teacher can take to improve the quality of evaluation. It is noted that some of the information about the classroom may be relatively inaccessible to anyone but the teacher since it reflects cumulative insights gleaned from repeated encounters with students on a daily basis. Contains approximately 60 references. (LB)
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