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Les enfants de l'immigration a l'ecole [microform] / Simone Forster
Bib ID 5574754
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Forster, Simone
Translated title Immigrant Children at School [microform] / Simone Forster.
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1993 
63 p. 

This booklet examines issues of multilingualism and cultural pluralism in French-speaking Switzerland, particularly as they relate to children of refugees and undocumented aliens. Chapter 1 focuses on past and current migratory waves, examining causes of Swiss emigration during the 19th century and more recent waves of immigration into Switzerland. Chapter 2 offers immigration figures, indicating that around 10,000 immigrant children arrive each year in Switzerland, representing approximately one-sixth of the country's school children. Chapter 3 provides an analysis for each French-speaking canton and for the structures used to integrate immigrant children into the classroom. The cantons either place the children immediately into age-appropriate classrooms of public schools or into separate reception classes. Chapter 4 examines the statutory obligations of the cantons to provide education for children of both undocumented immigrants and refugees. In chapter 5, intercultural training for teaching professionals is discussed. Chapter 6 describes the courses in students' native languages and cultures organized by the several countries of origin, tracing changes in objectives and pedagogies of these programs since the 1970s. Chapter 7 focuses on the role played by language instruction in the creation of a tolerant, nonracist pluralistic society. Contains 35 references. (AC)


Availability: Institut Romand de Recherches et de Documentation Pedagogiques, Secteur Documentation, Fbg de l'Hopital 45, Case postale 54, CH-2007, Neuchatel 7, Switzerland (10 Swiss Francs plus postage).

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Access to Education.  |  Acculturation.  |  Cultural Pluralism.  |  Federal Legislation.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Immigrants.  |  Language Maintenance.  |  Migration.  |  Multicultural Education.  |  Public Education.  |  Refugees.  |  Student School Relationship.  |  Undocumented Immigrants.  |  Switzerland  |  Language Minorities Language Policy
Form/genre Reports, Descriptive.
Other authors/contributors French Inst. for Research and Educational Documentation, Neuchatel (Switzerland)
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