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African Immigrant Families' Views on English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes Held for Newly Arrived Immigrant Children in the United States Elementary and Middle Schools: A Study in Ethnography

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dc.contributor.author Obeng, Samuel
dc.contributor.author Obeng, Cecilia
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-27T15:28:35Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-27T15:28:35Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Obeng, Cecilia, and Samuel Obeng (2006). “African Immigrant Families' Views on English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes Held for Newly Arrived Immigrant Children in the United States Elementary and Middle Schools: A Study in Ethnography.” In Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education, Volume 2, edited by Michael Firmin and Patricia Brewer, 105-116. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/9556
dc.description This article is published with the permission of the authors. en
dc.description.abstract Twenty immigrant families from different Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone African countries were interviewed about their views on English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offered by the school systems in the United States to newly arrived immigrant children. Whereas nine families (mostly from Francophone and Lusophone Africa) found the ESL classes useful, eleven families (mostly from Anglophone Africa) found them to be useless because they did not help to improve their children's English. Some respondents were frustrated because ofthe criterion used in selecting students to participate in the program, and also because their children were kept in the program long after their English proficiency had improved. Most respondents saw inclusion within the mainstream classes, instead of separate ESL classes, as a better way to increase students' English competency. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Cambridge Scholars Press en
dc.subject African immigrants en
dc.subject education en
dc.subject ESL en
dc.subject English as a Second Language en
dc.title African Immigrant Families' Views on English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes Held for Newly Arrived Immigrant Children in the United States Elementary and Middle Schools: A Study in Ethnography en
dc.type Book chapter en


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