ERIC Number: ED260779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Whole Family Approach to Teaching English as a Second Language. Final Report.
Johnson, Bill; And Others
This final report provides descriptive and evaluative information on a 2-year demonstration project conducted at Des Moines Area Community College, as well as the curriculum guides developed during the project to meet the English language and cultural adaptation needs of refugee adults and children using a family approach. Initial sections of the report provide historical background, a brief project overview, a summary of project outcomes, information on means of dissemination of the family approach concept, samples showing parent response to the program, and an overview of program administrative issues. The "Refugee Pre-School Curriculum Guide" for teachers is presented, which includes: (1) background information on pre-school second language learning, cultural differences, pre-school child development, and implications for teaching; (2) information of the outcomes of pre-school attendance; (3) suggestions on teaching methods related to fear, language arts, discipline, scheduling and routine, staffing, physical environment, and age and ability differences; (4) a three-level curriculum; (5) a list of books and games; and (6) references. Finally, the guide for teachers of adults is presented, which looks at the concept of teaching ESL in a whole-family setting; special considerations in teaching adult ESL students and particularly Southeast Asian adults; factors related to the instruction of non-literate adults; and the affects of the presence of the pre-school in conjunction with adult classes. In addition, this guide provides a checklist of concerns; information on the experience of loss and post-traumatic stress disorder, which are both common to political refugees; a chart of Westerners' preconceptions and stereotypes regarding Eastern culture. Operational plans for the adult and pre-school programs are included. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines.
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Area Community Coll., Ankeny, IA.