ERIC Number: ED380817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
"My Trouble Is My English": Asian Students and the American Dream.
Examining the learning experiences of four Laotian students at a mainstream secondary school, this book describes and interprets the students' learning situations and reveals their perspectives along with those of their teachers. The book introduces readers to the Savang family, refugees who left Laos. The book also shows how open journal writing assignments began to tap the rich stories this family had to tell. The book provides information on how students with different cultural backgrounds and learning styles react, behave, and learn in a classroom and how teachers can use that knowledge to create a community of learners. The first chapter provides background on the four siblings: their family and life in their home country, in their refugee camps, and in the United States. Chapter 2 of the book describes the four adolescents and their general situation at school. Chapters 3 though 6 are case studies of the four with a focus on their reading and writing experiences at school. The case studies in the book are organized thematically rather than chronologically (according to their ages). The concluding chapter reflects on the study and discusses issues related to literacy instruction and multiculturalism in the field of education. Contains 167 references. (RS)
Descriptors: Asian American Students, Asian Americans, Case Studies, Classroom Environment, Cultural Differences, English (Second Language), Immigrants, Intercultural Communication, Journal Writing, Language Role, Literacy, Multicultural Education, Refugees, Secondary Education, Student Experience, Student Journals
Boynton/Cook, Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801-3912 ($21.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A