ERIC Number: ED389208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar-29
Reference Count: N/A
ESL: Asian High School Students' Perspectives.
A study of 30 Asian high school students (9 males, 21 females), who were in U.S. schools for a variety of reasons, ranging from extended visits to families of relatives to temporary academic or occupational appointments of parents in U.S. universities or corporations investigated student perspectives on English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction and bilingual classrooms. The subjects represented a variety of nationalities and educational backgrounds. The students were interviewed, most individually, and all but one in their native languages. They were encouraged to speak openly about their experience in classrooms, with teachers, and with other students. It was found that ESL classes offer a haven for student to relax and relieve some of the tension of other classes, and also provide students with many more opportunities for active participation. The students were sensitive about being understood. Some negative comments reflect feelings of isolation and lack of incentive to learn. Clear differences between bilingual programs and ESL programs were perceived, and these students preferred an environment in which the teacher: (1) provides good instruction; (2) is sensitive to their needs; and (3) tries hard to engage them in the ongoing life of the classroom, school, and culture. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Asian Students
Note: Paper presented at a Meeting of the Comparative International Education Society (Boston, MA, March 29, 1995).