ERIC Number: ED203644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Indiana Experiences with LEP Students Primary with Indochinese Refugee Children.
Woodward, Mitsuyo Matsumoto
During the 1980-81 school year, Indiana schools identified 5,652 limited English proficiency (LEP) students. Compilation of data since 1975 relating to Indochinese refugee students revealed the following information: almost all Indochinese refugee students long for social acceptance at school; almost all LEP students initially have a tremendous drive to acquire English language skills; almost all LEP students interviewed indicated that they could have learned more English than their teachers taught them; the majority of LEP students are visually oriented and accustomed to rote learning; almost all LEP students are very observant and are willing to adopt their peers' behavior patterns. Among the actions taken by local education agencies in Indiana when they find out about the enrollment of a LEP student are to coordinate 2 to 6 hours of inservice training for the involved teachers with the State Department of Public Instruction, to provide an intensive English program without credits for a semester, and to encourage LEP students to imitate good learning behaviors of motivated students. Cultural characteristics of this population include that the majority of Indochinese refugee parents consider that education is one of the most important experiences for their children and that Asian children respect their elders especially their teachers and show this respect in such ways as nondirect eye contact and not initiating conversation. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Indiana; Limited English Speaking
Note: Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference on The Exceptional Bilingual Child (New Orleans, LA, February, 1981, Session W-3).