ERIC Number: ED224341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Some Solutions to the Problems of Teaching the Indochinese.
Boyd, John; Boyd, Mary Ann
The Indochinese student brings a unique set of linguistic, cultural, and psychological problems to the English as a second language (ESL) classroom. Indochinese refugees may be illiterate in their first language, lack the prior education needed to cope with a formalized learning situation, have traditional learning and study patterns that interfere with learning a language orally, and have excessive tension which impedes ability to hear and produce language. Techniques for working with Indochinese refugees to overcome these problems in the ESL classroom are described. For students with no prior knowledge of English, a slower paced and less threatening classroom atmosphere must be provided, with an emphasis on receptive learning through listening activities. Students with previous academic experience in their native language should be presented with analytical activities in addition to oral creative opportunities. Intermediate ESL students who are comfortable with classroom drills and dialogs must learn to comprehend realistic discourse. Exercises such as one-sided dialogs and strip stories are suggested. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (16th, Honolulu, HI, May 1-6, 1982).