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ERIC Number: ED313907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-28
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Amerasians and ESOL: Responding to Their Needs.
Ames, Harold; And Others
The Takoma Park (Maryland) Adult Education Refugee Center offers intensive programs for adults granted refugee or asylum status. Recently, adult Asian children of Americans stationed in Vietnam have entered the center's programs. Program goals include the development of students' cultural communication and English language skills needed for competing in the job market. Language skills are taught in conjunction with specific job types. Anecdotal observations of Amerasians in the programs include these: young women have generally had more schooling than men, are better equipped to deal with the American educational setting, have worked hard, have good relationships with their mothers, and have learned to combine Vietnamese politeness with American flexibility. Mothers entering the program with or after their children had varied success with language learning, with most difficulty in reading and writing. The most obvious needs of the students include English language skills, American work habits, and employment skills. However, progress in those skills depends on attention to personal and developmental needs, because this population may be undergoing adolescent personality integration, changing family roles, and culture shock simultaneously. Several strategies have been found effective in response to students' needs in the areas of role models, personal associations, cultural identification, self-confidence, and language. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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