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Szilagyi, Janka; Giambo, Debra; Szecsi, Tunde – Childhood Education, 2013
Is it an asset or a burden to be bilingual? Although bilingualism is appreciated by many people worldwide, immigrant families often struggle with the maintenance of their heritage language (HL) and culture. In the United States. For example, the HL in most families is completely lost within three generations (Fishman, 1991). The loss of a child's…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Self Concept, Immigrants, Language Maintenance
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Szecsi, Tunde – Childhood Education, 2008
In an imaginary "Agency of Smiles," preschool children pretending to be aid workers are immersed in such activities as typing letters, sending and receiving faxes, answering phones, and negotiating with clients. A mail carrier delivers a letter from an immigrant preschool boy in the Netherlands, who requests help in making friends in his…
Descriptors: Preschool Curriculum, Integrated Curriculum, Dramatic Play, Preschool Education
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Zygmunt-Fillwalk, Eva; Staley, Lynn; Kumar, Rashmi; Lin, Cecilia Lingfen; Moore, Catherine; Salakaya, Manana; Szecsi, Tunde – Childhood Education, 2007
This article describes a project called "Kids Speaking Up for Kids: Advocacy by Children, for Children". The project was simple in scope. The authors sought to collect stories of child advocacy--ways in which children were working on behalf of other children. They also sought to collect and profile children's voices and vision and so…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Advocacy, Diaries, Childrens Rights
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Szecsi, Tunde – Childhood Education, 2007
During the past six months the author was fortunate to travel to Hungary three times. Although all three trips had different purposes, they had one thing in common: professional conversations between colleagues from Hungary and the United States. In this article, the author would like to provide a short overview of these visits, which resulted in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Awareness, Intercultural Programs, Learning Experience
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Giambo, Debra; Gonzales, Maria Elizabeth; Szecsi, Tunde; Thirumurthy, Vidya – Childhood Education, 2006
The linguistic, cultural, and ethnic mixture in many countries, including the United States, is changing rapidly and varies significantly from such old standbys as "Johnny Appleseed" or "Dick and Jane." Learning to communicate effectively in a new language involves gaining familiarity with the present-day culture of the country in which one…
Descriptors: Familiarity, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Cultural Awareness
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Gonzales, Lizzie; Szecsi, Tunde – Childhood Education, 2006
In an effort to prepare future educators to function effectively through interdependence in the global community, teacher education programs provide students and faculty members with experiences that foster the development of intercultural understanding. This article reports on an international educational partnership developed by the senior…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Partnerships in Education, Teacher Education Programs
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Giambo, Debra; Szecsi, Tunde – Childhood Education, 2005
A variety of trends in second language teaching have left many English Language Learners (ELLs) in the United States with well-intentioned teachers who, unfortunately, have limited understanding of the second language acquisition or cultural diversity issues that affect the ELLs in their classrooms. In this article, the authors present the current…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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Szecsi, Tunde – Childhood Education, 2005
In this article, the author presents the approaches and strategies for culturally and linguistically responsive early education in an international preschool in Moscow, Russia. This international preschool, enrolling children from Russia, the United States, Germany, Italy, Israel, Argentina, Brazil, Sweden, and Japan, provides a multilingual and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multilingualism, Acculturation, Preschool Education
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Szilagyi, Janka; Szecsi, Tunde – Childhood Education, 2005
This article describes an exceptional Eastern European preschool where all stakeholders--children, teachers, and parents--place a high value on the unique synergy of inclusive and bilingual education. In this environment, each child is able to experience love and happiness, while developing at his or her own pace. The families feel involved in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Bilingual Education, Inclusive Schools
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Szecsi, Tunde; Giambo, Debra A. – Childhood Education, 2004
Well-meaning teachers are often unprepared for the influx of ESOL students in their classrooms. Most often, the programs serving ESOL students in public schools include immersion, submersion, and sheltered instruction. Occasionally, bilingual education programs are an option. Consequently, general education teachers are responsible for teaching…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Literacy, Limited English Speaking, Childhood Interests
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Szecsi, Tunde – Childhood Education, 2002
Examines the status of minority education in Hungary. Outlines key features of Hungarian education, examines status of education and schools for national minority students, and highlights the educational situation and needs of Romani (Gypsy) children. Describes two Hungarian initiatives for educating Romani children. Focuses on the importance of…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Children, Diversity (Student), Early Childhood Education