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ERIC Number: ED538235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Language: Strategies for Promoting Academic Excellence among Immigrant Students. The Claremont Letter. Volume 2, Issue 2
Perez, William
Claremont Graduate University (NJ1)
In this issue of "The Claremont Letter," the author argues that efforts to educate immigrant youth need to expand beyond a sole focus on language. Focusing solely on getting immigrant students to become English Proficient is short-sighted and inadequate. Efforts to educate immigrant youth need to include recognition of the various cultural and psychological resources that students bring into the classroom setting. First, the author discusses the research literature that describes the cultural and psychological characteristics that immigrant youth bring into the context of learning. Second, he details the damaging effects of forced linguistic and cultural assimilation and shows how these schooling practices undermine the achievement motivation of immigrant students. Finally, he suggests classroom and school practices that can be implemented to support and nurture academic excellence among immigrant youth.
Claremont Graduate University. School of Educational Studies, 150 East Tenth Street, Claremont, CA 91711. Tel: 909-621-8000; Fax: 909-621-8734; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Claremont Graduate University
Identifiers - Location: California