Title

Reiche School, in Portland's West End, is Maine's most culturally diverse elemen

Source

Salt

Date

12-1997

Volume Number

Number 50

Pages

18-32

Abstract

Reiche School, in Portland's West End, is Maine's most culturally diverse elementary school, with over 22 languages spoken by 120 students in five multilingual classes. The challenge of the multilingual rooms, such as the third- and fourth-grade classroom taught by teacher Carol Dayn and native language facilitator Jura Burdinik, is teaching children who are on many different academic levels. Children in a Bosnian family were initially traumatized by the war they had escaped, but gradually developed trust and English-language skills. Two Ethiopian children who started Reiche in kindergarten were mainstreamed rapidly.

Subjects

Language and languages Study and teaching, Schools Portland Reiche School

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