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The Inner World of the Immigrant Child 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0805880137
ISBN-10: 0805880135
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Igoa brings us to the understanding that academic achievement can not be divorced from the child's affective dimensions. Her results are often remarkable, sometimes disappointing. But even the disappointments move us closer to understanding these children, and their world.
Multicultural Education

Readers who are concerned about the education of immigrant children in today's schools will find this book very inspiring.
Multicultural Perspectives

Unique in the recent North American literature on bilingual/multicultural education....Original and powerful....The voice and struggles of the author are expressed eloquently and speak directly to the many thousands of teachers who are struggling to adjust to a radically new demographic reality. For mainstream teachers who are looking for ideas and inspiration the book has some very important messages.
Jim Cummins
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Highly readable, engaging, and free of educational jargon....Absolutely essential for today's teachers....I kept thinking as I was reading how lucky her students were, and how I would want all immigrant children to have Cristina Igoa as their teacher.
Sonia Nieto
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Presents the immigrant children's stories in an easily readable and understandable fashion....Has a lot to offer both new and veteran teachers who are faced with increasing diversity in our schools.
Henry T. Trueba
University of Wisconsin/Madison

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (May 3, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805880135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805880137
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cristina Igoa helps us to understand the inner world that immigrant children in the United States often conceal and suppress while acculturating/assimilating to our society. This book is enjoyable and insightful as well as useful for teachers in our ever-changing, diverse schools.As a teacher it will help you to better understand and serve our immigrant youth. I would recommend this book for all who care about education, but also for anyone living in a multi-cultural society. It enlightened and touched me and has become unlimitedly useful reading.
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The American educational system is changing through the introduction of immigrant children. These children need teachers and other adults in their lives to stop and hear their voices. Igoa allows these voices to speak loudly to her audience.

Visiting with the children later in their lives helps to confirm Igoa's assumptions and educational practice. Stop and listen to their voices as you are taken into the children's frustrations, joys, and struggles as they attempt acculturation.
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The Inner World of an Immigrant Child is all about experience - of the students, teachers, classmates, Administration, reader, and author. The narrative form allows the reader to easily understand and follow both Igoa and the students from the beginning of their journey to four years later, when the students were older and able to share their reflections about earlier experiences. I am left with two enlightening and important reminders after reading and thinking about the book: (1) to always remain aware that the academic achievement of immigrant children cannot be separated from their affective dimensions and; (2) they must have a sense of personal power while learning. The book shares the author's discovery that empowerment through expression is what allowed the students to begin learning. The book engages the reader in a process of observation, personal reflection, and then inquiry into their own practices. I will probably read the book multiple times over the coming years as my students change and move on, and will discover something new to consider each time. It is simply a great book.
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I recommend this book for teachers of children from other countries and cultures. I have taught immigrants and English Language learners for years however this was still insightful. I have lived in other countries as well and know the isolation that can occur due to linguistic and cultural differences. Great suggestions from author Igoa - many of which I use in my classroom daily. Easy to read and apply.
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Cristina Igoa truly defines what an “inner world” is as an ELL student in the school system. Igoa beings the book by explaining her own personal history of moving through war and multiple countries several times, all while having fragmented schooling before the age of 13; her own history makes this book much more credible because she truly relates to the students she is working with throughout the book. Igoa thoroughly explains the phases that an ELL student will go through during their time in the American school system and suggests best practices that she has shown to be effective. She uses an effective technique of allowing students to create and use these filmstrips that portray their inner world and feelings without even saying a word. Igoa stresses throughout the book how important it is for ELLs to reach acculturation, or in other words to reach a balance and acceptance of their native culture and the new American culture.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who works in the realm of education or any child related field. This book will give you a whole new perspective on these students. Just because these children are silent for a period of time, it does not mean they should be ignored because they are constantly absorbing new knowledge the entire time. With the high influx of immigrants and refugees to America, people need to be aware of this “inner world” the children create in their head when they first arrive. It is our responsibility as teachers, coaches, mentors, etc. to not give up on them when they do not respond the way you would imagine; they wish to communicate but they do not know how. This book goes in-depth explaining how to welcome and integrate ELL children into a new culture. Never giving up on a child is rewarding and the moment a child breaks through their shell is a moment you will never forget.
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The Inner World of the Immigrant Child by Christian Igoa is an excellent book for anyone interested in teaching English Language Learners. Igoa does a fantastic job of shedding light of the trials and tribulations of an immigrant student in the new world. They experience many outside factors that contribute to their academic success, such as culture shock, acculturation, assimilation, all things that need to be understood in order to really understand the immigrant child themselves. She uses her own experiences, personal interviews with students and their artifacts to support her work. She talks about techniques and practices that are effective to use in an ELL classroom to help ensure you are creating a supportive environment for all the ELL students in your classroom. She talks about ways to communicate with not only the children in the classroom, but also their families and how to advocate for these children who most of the time are in culture shock, or in the non-verbal stage and cannot advocate for themselves. Her extensive research and experience in this field of multicultural education as well as second language acquisition makes her very qualified to write this book and give insight into the world of a immigrant child. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and found her style of writing and her use of personal accounts to be very beneficial for my understanding of the hardships that immigrant children often face.
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