Journal article

Immigrant and Refugee Women's Resourcefulness in English Language Classrooms: Emerging possibilities through plurilingualism

J Choi, U Najar

Literacy and Numeracy Studies | UTSePress | Published : 2017

Abstract

Reports on refugee and migrant women in Australia show these women have low literacy in their first language, limited English language abilities, and minimal formal schooling. With major funding cuts to the adult migrant education sector and persistent public ‘deficit views’ of immigrant and refugee’s levels of literacy, approaches to teaching and learning in this sector require flexible views of language that embrace plurilingualism as a valuable resource within and outside of the socially-orientated ESL classroom. In this article, we present and discuss our findings from a study in which we co-taught English to immigrant and refugee women in a housing estate in Melbourne, Australia, and in..

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