ERIC Number: ED206796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Understanding Laotian People, Language, and Culture. Bilingual Education Resource Series.
Harmon, Roger E.
This is a guide for teachers and administrators to familiarize them with the Laotian people, language and culture. The first section contains a brief geography and history of Laos, a discussion of the ethnic and lingustic groups of Laos, and information on the economic and religious life of these groups. Section two describes the Laotian refugee experience and considers some of the adjustments Laotians must make for their new life in the United States. This section also explains elements of the international, national and local support systems which assist Indochinese refugees. Section three gives a brief history of the educational system in Laos, and the implications for educational needs of Laotians now residing in the United States. Suggestions for working with Laotians in the schools and some potential problem areas are also covered. The last section presents an analysis of the Laotian language. Emphasis is placed on the problems Laotians have with English, and suggestions are made for overcoming these difficulties. A brief bibliography is included. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.