English as a second language (ESL) for Cambodian refugees at Houston Community College : a programme evaluation



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Introduction. In recent years, there has been a significant influx of refugees into the United States from regions of political turmoil. A considerable number of them have been resettled in Houston. The task of educating the Indochinese refugees, who are the largest single group of refugees, was being undertaken by Houston Community College. In their "English as a Second Language (ESL) Programme," survival skills and basic vocabulary have been taught in order to assist them with their adjustment to a new home and culture. The designers of the curriculum have attempted to anticipate the needs of the most recent group of refugees who have arrived in America. Research Questions Addressed. The questions addressed were related to the short-term and long-term objectives of the programme. Firstly, did the content of the present ESL programme provide sufficient training in English for the Cambodians to survive in an English-speaking society and move into vocational training upon completion of the programme? Secondly, did the programme enable Cambodians to understand those aspects of the American value system to which they need to conform in order to prosper, advance and become acculturated to the host society? [...]



English language--Study and teaching--Indochinese students