ERIC Number: ED442300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Success: Engaging Immigrant Students in Secondary Schools. ERIC Digest.
High dropout rates among language-minority secondary school students are one indication that many schools are failing to adequately support the needs of these students. The belief that the student dropout rate is due to a lack of proficiency in English often leads educators to overlook the economic, cultural, academic, and personal issues that immigrant adolescents must confront on a daily basis. To be effective, programs must begin with a compassionate understanding of these students and recognize and build on the identity, language, and knowledge they already possess. Instruction developed for native-English-speaking students may not be appropriate for students who are still learning English. To engage immigrant adolescents in school, educators must provide them with avenues to explore and strengthen their ethnic identities and languages while developing their ability to study and work in this country. This digest discusses 10 principles for developing effective teaching and learning contexts for immigrant adolescents and profiles one program that has been successful in promoting the academic success of its students by implementing these principles. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Acculturation, Educational Strategies, English (Second Language), High Risk Students, Immigrants, Instructional Effectiveness, Program Descriptions, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Success
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.