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ERIC Number: ED400718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Pages: 59
Abstractor: N/A
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Adapting to the U.S. Classroom: Problems and Strategies of Asian High School Students in Boston Area Schools.
Shaw, Thomas; And Others
Excerpts from interviews with 30 Asian high school students concerning their acculturation to the American classroom are presented and discussed. The students had been in the United States for no more than 2 years, and were here for a variety of reasons, including extended visits with relatives to temporary appointments of their parents to U.S. employment. Seven were exchange students. The subjects came from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea, and were enrolled in both public and private schools in the Boston (Massachusetts) area. Interviews were conducted in the native language in all but one case, and lasted about an hour. Some were conducted with pairs of students. Students were encouraged to speak openly about their experiences in classrooms, with teachers, and with other students. Topics discussed include classroom communication, English proficiency, confusion and lack of comprehension of subject matter, subject difficulty and substance, dynamics of classroom participation, the teacher-student relationship, teacher expectations, favorite aspects of the school culture, feelings about English-as-a-Second-Language class, instructional materials, and students' suggestions for improving classroom learning for foreigners. A brief profile of each interviewee is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Hong Kong; Japan; Massachusetts (Boston); South Korea; Taiwan