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ERIC Number: ED151447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-17
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Six Non-Language Related Problems Facing Older Immigrant Portuguese Students.
Grove, Cornelius Lee
This is an imaginary first-person account of a 15-year-old Portuguese student who has spent a year and a half in an American high school. While conceding that the language barrier did prove difficult for him at first, the student says that language was not the overwhelming problem he expected it to be. He proceeds to explain six features of life and work in American schools that he has never understood. First, he finds it difficult to accept that he must attend school until he is 16 years old; in Portugal, six years of formal schooling was considered sufficient. Second, he feels strongly that he is treated as a child in American schools; in Portugal he was considered mature and responsible. Third, he is uncomfortable with the relative informality of American classroom procedure. Fourth, he finds examinations in America to be very different from what he encountered in Portugal. Fifth, he finds it difficult to deal with American teachers who want to be his friend instead of remaining aloof. Sixth, he discusses an apparent difference in the role and purpose of schooling in the two nations. In sum, he decides that American schools are easy and demeaning. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Symposium on the Portuguese Experience in the United States (3rd, Garden City, N.Y., November 17, 1977); For a related document see UD 018 013