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ERIC Number: ED148181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Monolingual and Bilingual Tutor Mixes: An Innovative Design for the Junior High School.
Akigbe, Alelia B.
On the theory that a large part of children's learning comes from their peers, a successful, innovative tutorial system has been initiated for ESL (English as a second language) junior high school students. Bilingual eighth and ninth grade honor students representing the languages spoken by the ESL students are recruited to help tutor non-English-speaking pupils in regular academic assignments, and to help drill small groups of students in an overcrowded ESL class. When the language barrier has been broken by the bilingual tutor, monolingual peer tutors are used to orient ESL students to the school and culture. The student tutors also make teaching games, conversation tapes, and other materials. In addition, they translate rules and regulations for teachers and go to classes to serve as interpreters when needed. This program has alleviated the failure ESL students were experiencing in their academic courses, lessened the burden of the ESL teacher, facilitated communication between the ESL department and the rest of the school, and provided needed services both for the ESL students and the various departments of the school. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (March 1975)