Proficiency in English Program

Training is available for school wide adoption of  P.E.P. The training is aimed at getting students ready for the world of work, which is actually an educational goal.  The Proficiency in English Program (PEP) comes out the Los Angeles Public Schools in the Watts-Compton area.  Administrators and teachers learned that many minority students were failing standardized tests because of a basic ignorance of how to speak and write standard English and its connection to cultural differences. Through monthly assemblies students were taught appropriate behavior, lessons and poetry. Teachers were trained to expect  students to use standard English both in speaking and writing, (school talk) while also respecting diverse ways of speaking away from school (home talk).  They also worked school-wide in exposing students to word development on a challenging level, as well as words relating to careers. Calling this the “cash language” or “language of the board room”, they insisted that students speak and write in standard English, using complete sentences orally and in writing.  When performing poetry or stories written in Black English it was made clear that the selection was in that language.  They instituted career days to educate children in what they could do in the world of work and oratorical contests to teach children how to perform in front of others and to value the culture and history reflected in poetry, fables and stories.   Teaching strategies that work at all levels were used by the teachers.  They included a form of direct instruction called structured practice, which teaches concepts and definitions through a very specific kind of repetition, and daily oral language which enriches and expands the minds of students to make the understanding of new language their own.  For example, through structured practice students can learn exactly what a passport is – a document that allows the bearer to travel to and from another country.  With daily oral language, the student learns how to use the passport and can fully understand its implications beyond a mere definition.  Parental involvement was fostered and developed.  A parent support room was an integral part of the school setting.  The results were amazing

All children can benefit from P.E.P. and teachers trained in “the P.E.P. way” stand ready to help you become a P.E.P. school. To summarize this program, during staff development in P.E.P. you will be trained in  critical thinking skills, thematic teaching, vocabulary expansion, African-American and other ethnic  cultures and history, core literature and ethnic literature, developing oral and written language, English grammar and standard English usage, self-esteem building techniques, instructional oratorical contests, career education,  instructional assemblies, increasing parent involvement, and more.