ERIC Number: ED378838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
The PASS Program: Preparation for American Secondary Schools.
A program to prepare refugee adolescents for secondary school experiences in the United States is described. The program, conducted in overseas refugee camps, began in 1985 as a complement to adult transitional programs. The daily program is designed to simulate the schedule and classroom procedures of a typical U.S. secondary school. Classes include three periods of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction (one each for listening/speaking skills, grammar, literacy instruction), one of basic math, and two of American studies. ESL instruction focuses on language for communication and academic purposes, taught thematically. Methodology is eclectic, uses individual and small group instruction, and emphasizes basic school and study skills and literacy. The mathematics curriculum prepares students for formal math courses by teaching computational math and math language. The American studies curriculum contrasts American and Asian cultures, preparing students for culture shock through opportunities to make decisions, solve problems, and resolve conflicts. The need for strong cultural identity is emphasized. Extracurricular activities, parent involvement, guidance counseling, and linkages with U.S. schools are described briefly. Appended materials include lists of ESL topics and language functions, math competencies, American studies teaching points, student handouts and profile forms, and a teacher evaluation checklist. (MSE)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adolescents, Counseling Services, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Design, English (Second Language), Extracurricular Activities, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, Parent Participation, Program Design, Records (Forms), Refugees, School Readiness, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Characteristics, Teacher Evaluation, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of State, Washington, DC. Bureau of Refugee Programs.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Refugee Service Center.