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ERIC Number: ED431573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 81
Abstractor: N/A
Handbook for Teachers of Samoan Students in Western Schools.
Vaipae, Sharon Siebert
This handbook provides classroom teachers with information to assist them in enhancing Samoan students' social adjustment and academic achievement in U.S. schools. The information complements the 25-minute videotape, Samoa, which is designed for student viewing. The handbook provides background information on the Samoan people, their islands, and Samoan schools and discusses reasons given by Samoans for migrating to Hawaii or the mainland. A chapter examines differences in culture between middle-class European Americans and traditional Samoans. Middle-class American family structure typically consists of a nuclear family with two children, while traditional Samoan families consist of an extended family structure with an average of seven children. A chapter on intercultural communication pragmatics describes principles of Samoan communication and provides context markers in Samoan communications such as eye gaze, posture, and gesture. A chapter focusing on linguistic considerations outlines differences encountered when using the Samoan language and lists problem sounds for Samoans in oral English. Contrasts in socialization between the two cultures are discussed. Using the framework suggested by Ogbu and Matute-Bianci, Samoans may be described as displaying primary differences of cultural content as well as secondary differences of cultural style. Samoans are willing to cross cultural boundaries only in certain areas of behavior and generally decline to accept most features of U.S. cultural norms and values. A final chapter provides research findings concerning second-language learners and discusses classroom applications for these findings. The handbook contains a glossary and an extensive bibliography. (CDS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Samoa