Abstract 395

Educating Immigrant Students in Canada

Presentation:  Naghmeh Babaee

Session E | 11:05 – 11:45 | Location: Room 1004


Research shows that immigrant, English as a Second Language (ESL), students might face challenges in Canadian mainstream classes, that is, classes in which immigrant and local students study (Duff, 2001). If these challenges are not responded to, students could under perform at school or drop out (Gunderson, 2000). While many studies (for example, Duff, 2001; Janjusevic, 2010) have examined ESL students’ educational challenges at school, few have focused on their linguistic, cultural, and communication challenges. A thorough review of these challenges, coupled with recommendations for teachers, could facilitate educational achievements for ESL students. This presentation will review potential educational, cultural, and communication challenges that ESL students could face in mainstream classes and offer recommendations for teachers on how to respond to these challenges. Delegates will be encouraged to share their experiences in teaching linguistically diverse classes during the discussion period.

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