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ERIC Number: ED021212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
Pages: 8
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ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
The Role of the Volunteer in Teaching English to Educated Foreign-Born Adults.
Brain, Joseph J.
TESOL Quarterly, v2 n1 Mar 1968
In 1953, a Project for the Integration of New Immigrants from Eastern Europe was organized at the request of the Ford Foundation within the framework of the Welfare and Health Council of New York City. The purpose was to make available to highly educated refugees from Soviet-dominated countries and their families community services which would facilitate adjustment to life in the United States. In the fall of 1954, the funds were depleted and the Welfare and Health Council asked the Junior League of the City of New York to take over this teaching, using selected volunteer League members. The author points out that less educated immigrants knowing little or no English can usually find jobs if their skills or crafts are not dependent on a knowledge of the language, whereas the more highly educated immigrants often experience great difficulty finding work in their professional fields without a fluent knowledge of English. The program described here provides such highly educated foreign-born adults with "concentrated, high-level instruction in English, enabling them to improve their economic and social well-being and to obtain employment more nearly commensurate with that in their countries of origin." The author discusses some of the problems involved in setting up programs for volunteer teachers. (AMM)
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