ERIC Number: ED167281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Handbook for Teachers of Vietnamese Refugee Students.
Wei, Tam Thi Dang
This teacher's handbook delineates core features of Vietnamese culture, identifies conflicts Vietnamese children may face as students in American schools and provides suggestions for accurate school records, grade placement and assessment and instruction in English. Part I outlines religous beliefs and practices, indicates basic values (filial piety, family loyalty, respect for education, love for learning, affective sensitivity, and concern for the ethical aspects of interpersonal relations) and briefly describes personal characteristics and holiday customs. Part II specifies traditional expectations for children's behavior at home and at school, recounts features of Vietnamese educational institutions, pupil orientations, and practices, and explores the world of the Vietnamese child in the United States in terms of emotional, social, cultural and educational conflicts and adjustments. Seven short case studies illustrate problems with coeducation, food habits, climate and clothing, illnesses and medication, adjustment, motivation and the language barrier. Part III indicates the Vietnamese naming system and birth dating practices. Culture-sensitive assessment practices for determining grade placements are described. Aspects of learning a new language and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are explored. Several selected lists of published materials and readings on the Vietnamese are appended. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Culture Contact, Educational Problems, Educationally Disadvantaged, Ethnicity, Foreign Culture, Indochinese, Language Instruction, Minority Group Children, Moral Values, Refugees, Second Language Learning, Social Values, Teacher Role, Teaching Guides, Vietnamese
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Office of Education, Springfield.