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Temple University (Philadelphia, PA 19122-6003)
William N. Simonson (Project Director: June 1970 to present)

Training of Teachers of Puerto Ricans

Eight-week institute for 30 elementary and secondary teachers of Puerto Ricans to provide training in Spanish, teaching English as a foreign language, and Puerto Rican culture and civilization. ABSTRACT: Eight-week institute for 30 elementary and secondary teachers of Puerto Ricans. Program divded into 3 areas: 1) intensive Spanish drill; 2) methods and materials for teaching English as a foreign language; 3) Puerto Rican culture and civilization. Up to 9 hours graduate level credit given to participants, most of whom are recruited from the Philadelphia-Camden area. Puerto Ricans comprise a large and growing segment of North Philadelphia ghetto population, due to both natural population growth and influx of immigrants. Live in worst slums, compete at disavantage with blacks and poor white for housing. Limited education, scant knowledge of English and difficulties adjusting to mainland culture handicap Puerto Ricans in locating jobs, in dealing with service organizations, government and school system. Puerto Rican child faces serious adjustment problems when entering school--must first learn English, moves frequently from one school to another. Gap widens as child advances in school. Results in high drop-out rate and percentage of failures. Specialized training need to enable teachers, counselors and administrators to better communicate with, understand, and teach the Puerto Rican student. Funds for faculty salaries; honoraria, travel and per diem for visiting lectures.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Institutes for School Teachers

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$20,000 (approved)
$20,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1970 – 5/31/1971