ERIC Number: ED262594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Teaching English as a Second Language to Incarcerated Aliens.
A study of the status of the instruction of incarcerated aliens in English as a second language (ESL) was undertaken to learn what is known about the subject and to determine whether incarcerated aliens have unique learning problems associated with their status as foreign nationals. Information was gathered through interviews with professionals in the field. Their experience suggests that in this group, the only negative factor in English acquisition uniquely tied to their immigration status is an enhanced anxiety level resulting from the threat of deportation or uncertainty of detainment, and from their position as underdogs in the inmate society. Other negative factors, including retention of ethnic attachments and economic disincentives, also affect foreign nationals but are not unique to them. The negative factors are offset by powerful factors promoting acquisition of English; specifically, the need to survive both physically and economically in the criminal justice system and economic incentives. There have been virtually no attempts to define or measure success of ESL instruction with specific regard to incarcerated aliens. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's thesis, University of Maryland.