ERIC Number: ED362000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Newcomers: Different Language, Different Culture, Big Challenge.
Wilkinson, L. David; And Others
The Austin (Texas) Independent School District (AISD) has long received federal grant funds under Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to supplement its regular bilingual and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) programs. In 1990-91, AISD was awarded a 3-year grant to serve a population of limited-English-proficient (LEP) high school students termed "newcomers." For the purpose of the program, a newcomer was defined as a student who had been in the United States for 1 year or less. These students typically have limited or interrupted schooling in their home countries and a wide range of literacy skills. Because increasing numbers of immigrants were enrolling at three AISD high school campuses, AISD developed its Title VII Newcomers Program, whose goal is to improve the English proficiency and the achievement skills of the targeted students. Class size is kept relatively small, and the students receive 3 hours of intensive English instruction daily, which includes listening, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. In addition, students may enroll in a variety of subject areas to complete their schedules. The intent of the program is for students to attend regular ESL classes at the end of 1 year's service. It was decided that, if a student entered the program late in the school year, or was unable to make the transition, allowances could be made at the discretion of the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee located at each campus. (Author/AB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Austin Independent School District, TX.
Authoring Institution: N/A