ERIC Number: ED069159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
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Main Street School and Regional Reception Centres: A Comparison of "Graduates."
This document presents a comparative study of two approaches to English as a second language and cultural education for immigrant children recently arrived in Canada. Both approaches have the same basic philosophy that the child should learn language and culture together, at his own pace, stimulated by his curiosity and his growing awareness of similarities and differences between cultures and languages. The difference lies in the physical settings and the resulting degree of isolation from regular schools. The Main Street School is completely independent while the Regional Reception Centres operate in classrooms, usually portables, attached to regular schools. The technique for comparison was two-fold. Interviews were conducted with students who had been "graduated" from either of the programs. For the second part, the regular-school English teachers of the students interviewed completed a rating of the students in such areas as discipline, general adjustment, general performance level, and prediction of how far the student will go in his schooling. (VM)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Children, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Research, English (Second Language), Immigrants, Interviews, Language Fluency, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Program Evaluation, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Authoring Institution: Toronto Board of Education (Ontario). Research Dept.