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Caught between two worlds: The role of language in integrating migrant children in their new host education system


Asiimwe, A and Fan, S and Fan, W, Caught between two worlds: The role of language in integrating migrant children in their new host education system, Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy, Nova Science Publishers, S Fan, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 169-179. ISBN 978-1-63482-800-0 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Migrant children from non-English speaking countries encounter various problems in the education systems of the host country. They encounter challenges and problems that are physical, emotional and psychological in nature. These children not only face the hardships of language learning, but also face major cognitive and pedagogical challenges in learning or attaining knowledge through the new language. Integrating migrant children in their new school environments in the host countries, therefore, poses major challenges in pursuit of educational attainment. Current research on migrant children and education reveals a paradigm shift in the approaches to inclusion of these students in the classroom. The focus is drifting from promoting racist tendencies, which have continually had disastrous consequences on migrant children, to broader approaches that embrace globalisation, linguistic and cultural diversity as an inevitable phenomenon. These integrative educational practices are based on the need to provide quality education to all children, regardless of their social, economic, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Language is as a significant aspect in inclusion. Hence, education systems should incorporate language policies and organisation of the curriculum that reinforce the linguistic and cultural capital of all students in the school, based on consideration and respect of rights of all future citizens.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:migrant children, education systems, global citizens
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Asiimwe, A (Mrs Agatha Asiimwe)
UTAS Author:Fan, S (Dr Frances Fan)
UTAS Author:Fan, W (Miss Fan)
ID Code:102620
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-09-01
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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