A study using a structured audio-lingual approach to the teaching of English to Spanish-speaking kindergarten pupils in two elementary schools



Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title



Purpose of the study. The purpose of this study was to determine if the Audio-Lingual Structured Approach to Language Development for Spanish-Speaking Kindergartners was a more effective method of teaching Spanish-speaking kindergartners than the regular language program in two elementary schools. Procedures and source of data. A sample of 155 kindergartners from a population of 251 eligible kindergartners in Anson Jones and Sidney Sherman Elementary School were assigned randomly to the four kindergarten teachers. They were further assigned to eight pilot and eight control groups for language instruction. They were instructed for thirty minutes per day for 110 days by a language development teacher outside of their regular classroom. The pilot groups were instructed using the Audio-Lingual Approach to Language Development for Spanish-Speaking Kindergartners. The control groups were Instructed in the Houston Independent School District's language program for kindergarten children. The Kindergarten Evaluation of Learning Potential was taught to the children and they were evaluated by their regular classroom teacher. The mean variances of Associative, Conceptual, Creative Self-Direction, and combined Total Scores between the pilot and control groups were submitted to the t test to determine significant differences in learning levels. [...]



Audio-lingual method, Language teaching, English language, Mexican Americans, Students