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Understanding Your Refugee and Immigrant Students: An Educational, Cultural, and Linguistic Guide (Michigan Teacher Resource) [Paperback]

Jeffra JoAnn Flaitz
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September 19, 2006 0472030981 978-0472030989
Understanding Your Refugee and Immigrant Students is an excellent resource for educators who work with refugees and immigrants. This well-researched volume-including interviews with students from the profiled countries-provides a wealth of information about the specific schooling traditions, practices, circumstances, and expectations that follow these individuals to their new homes in North America and influence their learning experience. The author has focused her research on 18 countries that contribute a majority of refugees and immigrants to the United States: Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Laos, Liberia, Peru, Somalia, Sudan, and the Ukraine.

Each country profile features: statistics about the country, a historical synopsis, an overview of the county's official education policy, cultural perspectives, and a problem-solution section containing classroom strategies. The linguistic systems of the languages featured are also included for teacher reference.

Also included is information about teacher-student relationships, discipline and class management, and appropriate non-verbal communication. This volume provides invaluable insight into refugee and immigrant students' cultural and educational backgrounds and gives instructors the tools to translate this information into effective classroom strategies.

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Jeffra Flaitz is professor of MATESOL at the University of South Florida.

Product Details

  • Series: Michigan Teacher Resource
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/ELT (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472030981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472030989
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars eye-opener for ESL teachers June 29, 2009
It's been a while since I read this, so my memory's not fresh, but it made a great impression on me. I loved the information on classroom etiquette in other cultures. Now I understand better why some students seem shy, or bring gifts, or cover their mouths when they talk. I also appreciated the lists of useful phrases in different languages. I plan to get this book from the library again, and would love to own it.

**Update** I like this so much, but it's getting more and more out of date. I wish it covered recent political developments affecting immigration, and several countries that I'm surprised aren't represented at all. One idea is to have my advanced students do a project of creating mini-chapters (or updates) on their own countries following the model of this book. Sharing the results as a class should be interesting to the diverse group of students, as well. Still a great book, with each chapter focusing on a particular country; easy to pick and choose the chapters most relevant to you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book May 3, 2014
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The information in the book is outstanding, however, it did not cover the countries that I was interested in. The information is well organized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PROMPTLY RECEIVED! March 29, 2008
I loved the speed at which I received this book! It was much appreciated as the local book store botched getting the book in a timely manner.
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