Happy Monday y’all! As we mentally prepare for summer classes, the new school year at the other end of summer, and the predicted surge of refugees expected to come to the United States between this year and the next, it is important that we learn as much as we can about our students, current and future, so that we can best serve them. Especially when it comes to the incoming refugee population, because while the classes we’ll be teaching will most likely be the same, our refugee students will have different needs and obstacles than other ESL students.
Watch this panel from the Response 2 Refugees symposium from May of this year. Literacy Connexus hosted Mark Haevener, the Director in Office of the Intercultural Ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, along with several refugees to talk about what life is like as a refugee. The panel discussed three main aspects of refugee life: becoming a refugee, coming to the US, and the first days in the US. The panel provided some much needed perspective on refugees and the lives, before and after the US. Check it out and tell us what you think.
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