Charlotte A Mahoney, Elena Jean Niese


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The student population of the educational system in America is being flooded with a multitude of culturally diverse needs, language being one of these important factors that impact a student’s success. One of the populations that is becoming increasingly affected is that of refugees. Being the recipient of two-thirds of the resettled refugee populations, the United States has found a furthering need to accommodate the inclusivity and academic success of these students in the classroom. This is present in communities across the world, and a common theme in the United States and other countries is the interactions of minority populations with the dominant culture. As bicultural and bilingual students enter education systems, teachers are adjusting their methods in order to accommodate this population of students. This includes respecting the student’s first languages (L1) while integrating their acquisition of the second language (L2). Schools, in addition to a student’s home life and other communities, serve an integral role in encouraging healthy development of students’ languages. By recognizing the importance of students’ backgrounds and cultures, schools can help their students strengthen their identity and what they value.

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Course Project

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Jennifer T. Christman, Susan M. Ferguson

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Teacher Education


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Immigrant and Refugee Struggles in Education