The Newcomer Program: Helping Immigrant Students Succeed in U.S. Schools.
National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
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Over the past decade, school districts in a few states with large concentrations of limited English proficient (LEP) students have begun to experiment with several versions of an innovative concept: the newcomer program. Newcomer programs function as temporary stopovers for recently arrived LEP immigrant and refugee students and offer an emotionally-safe educational atmosphere that fosters rapid language learning, acculturation, and enhancement of self-esteem. This guide provides a general description of newcomer programs including goals, key features, and benefits. It also addresses assessment of newcomer students' needs, placement, and transition to other programs. Curriculum and support services are discussed, as are programs implemented in one school in New York and two schools in California. (KEB)