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Project Zenith: Multicultural/Multimedia/Emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology, 1997-2001. Grant Performance Report--Final Report.

This report discusses the activities and outcomes of Project Zenith, which was designed to recruit two cohorts of bilingual graduate students to complete a graduate program with specialized skills in the diagnosis and treatment of communicative disorders in multicultural populations in the public schools. Included in the specialized training is coursework in bilingual and alternative assessment, instructional technology, and a clinical practicum. Trainees assessed and remediated communication disorders in children who represent culturally/linguistically diverse populations, thus increasing the children's ability to achieve in literacy, language, and improving their academic performance. Specific accomplishments of the project include: (1) recruiting 35 bilingual and minority graduates, 6 who graduated in May 2002; (2) providing courses in bilingual assessment and speech and language in a cross-cultural society, student teaching, and two courses in instructional technology; (3) providing two multimedia courses; (4) assisting trainees to pass teaching examinations; and (5) providing a recruitment fair to help the trainees to select their first position. Attachments to the report include syllabi for courses on emerging technologies for teachers, graphic instructional resources design and production, speech and language in a cross-cultural society, bilingualism, and issues in bilingual/cross-cultural assessment. A final examination is also included. Materials relating to Dr. Carlos F. Salinas' presentation, "Birth Defects and Disabilities in Pre-Columbian Art," (October 6, 2000) including the San Jose University's "Spartan Daily" article "Diseases Illustrated with Art" (Kate Kositch) published October 9, 2000 are appended. (CR)

  • Contributor: San Jose State Univ., CA

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