ERIC Number: ED236297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Teaching the Content Subjects to Indochinese Students.
Thuy, Vuong G.
Indochinese children entering American schools face many problems in learning the content area subjects. The problems include the tremendous linguistic barrier, differences in American and Indochinese educational practices, values, expectations, and patterns of thinking, and misplacement in American schools based on the age of Indochinese students. In addition, Indochinese students must adjust to a new culture, and may also face social and economic disadvantage. The key role in teaching the content areas to students is played by the teacher. Possible solutions to the problems the teacher faces include: (1) efforts to understand how cultural differences work and affect learning and teaching; and (2) the use of strategies and/or classroom activities which have been proven to work with foreign-born students, and particularly with Indochinese. These include identifying, and if necessary rewriting, general and specific lesson objectives, identifying key works, preteaching, capitalizing on past learning and experiences, helping students with note-taking, providing individual instruction, using the "buddy" system and strategies to improve reading and vocabulary, evaluating and testing with objectivity, coordinating with other staff members, and soliciting help from parents and the community. (CMG)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Adjustment (to Environment), Asian Americans, Communication Problems, Content Area Reading, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Culture Conflict, Elementary Secondary Education, Indochinese, Intellectual Disciplines, Intercultural Communication, Learning Problems, Limited English Speaking, Reading Difficulties, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper based on a presentation given at the Annual Asian Forum, "Asian Experience in American Education" (3rd, Chicago, IL, May 18-19, 1979).