Jim Lacosta
March 2, 2015

Immigrant Students and School

I recently came across this article here and I found it worth sharing with you. This is about immigrant students especially teenagers and how schools can welcome this. High school is indeed a tough phase that people go through, and it gets even harder when a student is placed in a strange environment and surrounded with English-speaking classmates and schoolmates. This article actually reminded me of the former students I had years back. There were three of them and they all were trying to learn English. According to them, they were preparing to migrate in an English-speaking country with their families. As a teacher, I taught them the basics about English and the techniques on how they can write, speak, read and listen in the English language. I could see that they were really having a difficult time learning how to speak English and understand what an English-speaking person was saying. As a result of their hard work and perseverance, they were able to speak and understand English well. Anyway, please check this article out:

Making Immigrant Students and English-Learners Feel Welcome in School – Learning the Language – Education Week

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2014/10/welcoming_schools.htmlHigh school can be hard enough for teenagers—but for immigrant youth who face a host of additional challenges, school can be a lonely place.

That’s why it’s so important for schools to be welcoming to all students, particularly immigrants and English-language learners, experts said at an event here on Tuesday. The event, at the School Without Walls, a small public magnet high school in the District of Columbia, was held by the Center for Applied Linguistics and Welcoming America. It featured a panel discussion of experts in education and immigration advocacy about how to build school communities that are open and inclusive. Via blogs.edweek.org

I’ve always told my students to dream big and work hard for whatever they are aiming for. I have witnessed many of my former students transform and become English proficient. So if you are trying to learn the English language, I suggest you continue to have faith in yourself, persevere and work hard. By the way, if you happen to be preparing for the IELTS test, check out this website to get some help http://ieltssingaporex.com.

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Jim Lacosta

Jim Lacosta has a raging passion for art and spends most of his time painting and sketching landscape and portraits. Aside from feeding his soul through art, he is also adept in teaching English.

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