ERIC Number: ED359307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
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Meeting the Needs of Newly-Arrived West Indian Students in the New York Public Schools.
Narvaez, Dabney H.; Garcia, Maria L.
Although urban and suburban school districts in New York have acquired experience in developing programs for language minority students, many English-as-a-Second-Language programs do not seem appropriate for English Creole-speaking West Indian immigrant students. The Multicultural Education Center at Baruch College (New York) has developed suggestions for programs for West Indian students, presented here as a series of questions and answers about characteristics of this ethnic group and its needs. It is difficult to generalize about these students, whose backgrounds and experiences vary greatly. Most of these students speak some variety of Creole, and their English experience varies considerably. Many districts are moving to specialized programs to address the needs of these students. Basic steps that these districts have taken, from start-up through implementation and continuation, are outlined. Teaching for these students should focus on and reflect a holistic learning environment that integrates an awareness and understanding of Creole with academic skills and second language acquisition. Some resources for program planning are detailed. An appendix lists them and presents the agenda for a conference on the problems of Creole-speaking students. (SLD)
Descriptors: Creoles, Cultural Awareness, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Ethnic Groups, Holistic Approach, Immigrants, Multicultural Education, Program Development, Public Schools, School Districts, Second Language Instruction, Suburban Schools, Teaching Methods, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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