ERIC Number: ED321547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
The Amish, A Bilingual-Multicultural Phenomenon.
Newcomb, Thomas L.
The Amish people are Christian separatists who speak a non-standard German dialect (Pennsylvania German) and practice a set of religious beliefs that separate them from wider society. There are approximately 100,000 Amish living in over 30 states, with the largest single settlement located in Ohio. Amish children are often educated in public schools and, although very bright, face language and cultural barriers and should be recognized as "at risk ESL students. Educators can take several steps that will decrease the effects of these barriers. First, the Amish child's background and self concept must be appreciated and respected in the school. Second, when testing or evaluating Amish children, cultural and language differences should be considered. Third, schools with Amish enrollments should accumulate extensive readings and resources on the Amish and their culture. Fourth, communication with the Amish community should be fostered via parents, community leaders and Amish school officials. Finally, educators should understand the basic psychological make-up of the Amish child, which is quiet, shy, hardworking, exacting and group-minded socially, and should also be aware of the Amish culture. (JL)
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