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Call for Papers/Literature on effective strategies to motivate adult ESL Syrian refugee learners

  • 1.  Call for Papers/Literature on effective strategies to motivate adult ESL Syrian refugee learners

    Posted 19-03-2017 07:50
    Hello everyone!

    I am doing an action research project on effective strategies to motivate adult ESL Syrian refugee learners to integrate into the Canadian culture and workplace for a panel discussion at the upcoming TESL Canada conference June 10, 2017.

    Any contributions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    Marian Holley
    Canada
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  • 2.  RE: Call for Papers/Literature on effective strategies to motivate adult ESL Syrian refugee learners

    Posted 20-03-2017 03:50
    Dear colleague,

    This is Faranak Abbaszad from Turkey. As there are so many syrians refugees in Turkey, I am really interested to participate in your project. What is necessary to do? Thank you in advance


    yours 
    Asst. Prof. Dr. Faranak Abbaszad

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    Faranak Abbaszad Tehrani
    Assis.Prof
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  • 3.  RE: Call for Papers/Literature on effective strategies to motivate adult ESL Syrian refugee learners

    Posted 29-03-2017 14:11
    This is not a formal paper or literature, but maybe my experience can offer some direction for formal research. I taught ESL for two years at a community college, a job which I am currently not doing. Following my ESL jobs, I started visiting refugee families, several of whom were Syrian. One family has integrated very quickly and learned English remarkably quickly. They both have jobs. They both now drive and have cars. Their daughter is doing well in school. I do not know exactly why this family has excelled so quickly--more than others who came at the same time. I have visited in their home, a comfortable place for them. I have eaten their food and learned a few words of Arabic. I have visited in their mosque although I am not Muslim. I have brought them books and helped them find things they need to live. I have answered their questions as they come up--questions about school for kids, forms to fill out, classes/training they are taking, credit cards, new baby--questions they have about life here. I have complimented them on how well they are doing and suggested that they will be leaders for people who come in the future. I think most of their motivation is internal. However, I wonder if some of the motivation comes through friendship which might be more difficult when one is bound by the classroom and professional fairness to all students. Also stress decreases perception, making learning harder. To help decrease the stress common to all refugees might create openness to the changes that need to happen in a new country. What would happen if every refugee family was given a mentor who would visit each week just to see how they are doing?


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    Aletha Gruzensky
    Walla Walla Community College
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  • 4.  RE: Call for Papers/Literature on effective strategies to motivate adult ESL Syrian refugee learners

    Posted 30-03-2017 11:39
    Hello, all! I think that we see different levels of resiliency in different populations and different education levels. There was a lovely presentation at the K-12 day specifically on that topic.

    In Vermont, Refugee Resettlement does assign every new family a mentor/liaison, but the level of involvement is totally up to the volunteer. So some people get years of outside connection; others get very little help, outside of being met at the airport. So such a mentor program would have to be put in place with training and expectations. 

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    Beth Evans
    ESOL Teacher
    Burlington School District
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  • 5.  RE: Call for Papers/Literature on effective strategies to motivate adult ESL Syrian refugee learners

    Posted 31-03-2017 07:54
    Hi Beth! May I request a copy of the presentation that you heard on this topic?

    Sincerely,
    Marian

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    Marian Holley
    Canada
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  • 6.  RE: Call for Papers/Literature on effective strategies to motivate adult ESL Syrian refugee learners

    Posted 31-03-2017 14:40

    I had no idea the Syrian invasion have already occurred in the U.S. soil.  Whatever happened to the British?      

    I don't know of any literature or materials available right now for [Mideast] population [English] learners.  How to
    motivated them to learn—it sounds like a tall order for ESL Teachers—you may have to do some scavenging on this particular
    learners!      

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    MerriLee Leonard
    M.A.Ed., TESL
    University teacher
    United States
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  • 7.  RE: Call for Papers/Literature on effective strategies to motivate adult ESL Syrian refugee learners

    Posted 31-03-2017 07:51
    Aletha, thank you for sharing your experience. Providing a volunteer mentor for each student outside the classroom is an interesting strategy. Visiting each Syrian learner in their home on a weekly basis would allow the volunteer mentor to address questions about how to navigate their real world daily concerns. This would demonstrate to the learner that they matter and feel welcomed to their new adopted country. In turn, providing feedback to the teacher would result in developing thematic modules for the classroom based upon topics selected by the learners. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

    Sincerely,
    Marian

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    Marian Holley
    Canada
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