Join Annie Laurie Duguay from the Center for Applied Linguistics, and Share My Lesson in this lesson on newcomer youth entering the U.S. schools and how to address the cultural, social, and academic needs of these students to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Given the increasing tide of newcomer youth entering U.S. schools, it is critical to address the cultural, social, and academic needs of these students to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond. In particular, newcomer students at the secondary level bring authentic skills, additional language proficiencies, learning patterns, and background knowledge that can be leveraged to promote their English language development as well as literacy skills (DeCapua & Marshall, 2011).
For secondary newcomer students, whether arriving as unaccompanied youth, as refugees, or with their immigrant families, they may or may not have gaps in their formal education or lack literacy in their first language. Due to these learning challenges, as well as the sometimes mismatch between their age and skill level, secondary newcomers have educational needs that go beyond the traditional training that many secondary teachers have had. Through video and interactive participation, attendees will learn more about the profiles of newcomers in U.S. schools and view effective approaches and instructional strategies for developing the language and literacy skills of newcomers in the secondary content classroom.