ERIC Number: ED415038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching in a Migrant Camp: 1994-1995 Journal Notes.
Since 1971 the BOCES Geneseo Migrant Center (New York) has been serving migrant farmworkers through an in-camp learning program. Teams of instructors provide survival-based instruction in English as a second language (ESL) and adult basic education to interested migrant adults and out-of-school youth. The instruction is provided in the migrant camps and homes, two evenings per week. The journal author has been travelling to these camps as an instructor since 1993. This publication includes excepts from her journal kept during the 1994 and 1995 seasons and describes her work at Seneca Castle and the Blue Eagle Camp. She used time after the evening meal, usually after the workers had been harvesting crops all day, to help them develop whatever skills they required individually, from basic math and making correct change to filling out forms in English or attempting to get a driver's license. She spoke very little Spanish so she taught using games like Bingo and UNO, or learning exercises involving naming objects. She took pleasure in small but important gains in her students' skills, such as writing their own names. One is left with the impression that the program was very rewarding not only for the students but the teacher as well. (TSP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: BOCES Geneseo Migrant Center, Geneseo, NY.