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ERIC Number: EJ871522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Field Practicum Experiences of Bilingual Social Work Students Working with Limited English Proficiency Clients
Engstrom, David W.; Min, Jong Won; Gamble, Lara
Journal of Social Work Education, v45 n2 p209-224 Spr-Sum 2009
This study examined the field internship experiences of bilingual graduate social work students who worked with limited English proficiency (LEP) clients. Data were collected via a Web-based survey from 55 bilingual social work students. Respondents reported that LEP clients required more time and work and generally had more complicated cases than monolingual English clients. Working in two or more languages often fatigued respondents. Respondents frequently interpreted for monolingual staff but received no training in using professional terminology when interpreting. They reported that agencies had only some documents translated. One quarter of the sample stated that being bilingual interfered with their field education. The article closes with recommendations for augmenting the language skills of bilingual students. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A