ERIC Number: ED326425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Science Talk: Science in the ESL Classroom.
Blair, David Hunt
This paper describes an approach to using science activities as a means to teach English in the English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classroom. It is based on the author's work in Preparing Refugees for Elementary Programs (PREP) at the Philippine Refugee Processing Center. Refugee children from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, ages 6 to 12, attend class for 4 hours a day during the 18-week PREP instructional cycle. The paper first introduces the philosophy and daily schedule of PREP. It then presents the theoretical background for PREP's approach to teaching science and English to refugee children. The next chapter, titled "Activities," describes the station activities in the PREP science room, specifying materials, procedures, and language used. Chapter 4, "Process," narrates a sample "discovery science" lesson presented to a whole class and analyzes the principles underlying the presentation. The final chapter, "Conclusion," discusses the relevance of this approach to mainstream and ESL classrooms in the United States. A list of English language units is appended. (KR)
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, English (Second Language), Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Language Acquisition, Minority Group Children, Refugees, Science Activities, Science Education, Science Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Whole Language Approach
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Paper, School for International Training. Appendix 2, which contains color prints of the PREP science room, is not included.