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ERIC Number: EJ814785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
Multiple Perspectives of Chinese Immigrant Parents and Canadian Teachers on ESL Learning in Schools
Guo, Yan
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v1 n1 p43-64 Jan 2007
Interest in home-school communication has paid little attention, to date, to the experiences of English as a second language (ESL) parents. This article examines recent Chinese immigrant parents' and Canadian teachers' perspectives of ESL learning presented at Parents' Night. On the basis of observations of three annual Parents' Nights, interviews of teachers and bilingual assistants who served as interpreters for parents and focus groups, the study reveals a deep division between the two on both what and how students should learn. Teachers believed that the ESL classes help socialize students into Canadian school and social cultures and develop language and study skills and appropriate attitudes to help prepare them for entry into mainstream classes. In contrast, in the parents' views, the current ESL program has many problems, such as the lengthy time students stayed in the program, the lack of exams, mixed grades, the low level of content, and the lack of grammar instruction. (Contains 3 footnotes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; China