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Culture and Immigration Experience

A Quick Guide for Educators

In a number of Canadian cities and towns, educators are receiving large numbers of Arab refugee and immigrant students in their classrooms. Immigration is a profoundly disruptive life transition requiring extensive adjustment and adaptation. These students may arrive with severely limited English language proficiency, and may have endured stressful socio-economic and emotional experiences. These experiences may contribute to negative attitudes towards school, poor behavior, lower academic performance and increased absences. Educators too may experience stress in their interactions with Arab students, due to the lack of a support system to understand the values, beliefs, backgrounds and socio-economic conditions of these students.


Arab Immigrant Students

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