ERIC Number: ED236941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-13
Reference Count: 0
Introductory English as a Second Language for Nonliterate Southeast Asian Refugees.
Van Bourg, Shirley L.
In teaching introductory English as a second language to nonliterate adult refugees, the focus should initially be on oral skills. The literature on characteristics of recent Southeast Asian refugees and suggested curriculum strategies is reviewed in order to determine the appropriate curriculum and methods for this group. A curriculum for nonliterate refugees should separate speaking and listening skills from reading and writing skills. The naturalistic approach to language instruction should be combined with practice drills that cover a syllabus of important structures, patterns, and vocabulary. Introduction of oral and aural skills permits the student to develop verbal abilities unhindered by the slower development of literacy skills. (RW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Note: In its: CATESOL Occasional Papers, Number 9, p.114-124, Fall 1983; A portion of this paper was presented at the CATESOL Conference (Sacramento, CA, March 13, 1982).