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The rural Warren County (Tennessee) School System created an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program in 1987 to meet the needs of Japanese and Hispanic students. The program reflects a "total approach" that involves students, parents, teachers, and community members interacting with the ESOL staff to meet student and family needs. During the regular school day, students attend pull-out ESOL classes, and the ESOL staff works with regular classroom teachers to assist students. Services provided outside regular school hours include survival English classes for new arrivals, individual school orientations, after-school tutorials and language development classes, a home intervention program, parent meetings, a 2-week summer program, and acculturation classes. The ESOL program director coordinates speakers and materials for teachers, civic organizations, and community groups. Some parents have gone into the classroom to share aspects of their culture or language. The program has also sponsored Japanese events for schools and the community to increase knowledge and understanding. Japanese industries in the area contribute to efforts of the school and community by sending educators to Japan; supporting and backing a Sister City Program, including a student exchange; and supporting ESOL activities. (KS)

Descriptors: Acculturation, Community Involvement, Cultural Education, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Hispanic Americans, Japanese Americans, Parent Participation, Rural Schools, School Business Relationship, Second Language Programs, Teacher Participation

Autor: Zadeh, Dianna M.


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