The Newcomer Program: Helping Immigrant Students Succeed in U.S. Schools [NCBE Program Information Guide Series, Number 8, Fall 1991]

Monica Friedlander

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The innovative newcomer program concept, developed as a model to meet the needs of the growing limited-English-proficient (LEP) population in American classrooms, is described. Newcomer programs function as temporary stopovers for recently arrived LEP immigrant and refugee students. They operate on the assumption that LEP newcomer students need a period of adjustment not only to the education system but also to the U.S. social environment. These students face such challenges as language limitations, less than age-appropriate education, lack of familiarity with the U.S. school system, and personal trauma and low self-esteem. Newcomer programs feature orientation to school and society, specialized curriculum, access to support services, individualized attention, specialized teacher training, and multicultural education. A variety of newcomer programs are in place in California, Illinois, New York Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Newcomer identification and placement are described, along with program components and support services of the newcomer curriculum. Three models are discussed, including: all day, school within a school (Los Angeles); half day, separate site (Hayward, California); and all day, separate site (Long Island City, New York). Legal guidelines for newcomer programs are also provided, and sample curricula and a checklist for developing a newcomer program are appended. Contains 6 references. 

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Monica Friedlander. The Newcomer Program: Helping Immigrant Students Succeed in U.S. Schools [NCBE Program Information Guide Series, Number 8, Fall 1991] (1991). NCELA [National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition]: Washington, DC. (21 pages).

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NCELA [National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition]
George Washington University
Center for the Study of Language and Education
Washington, DC
20037

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