Concordia College Vocational Retreat Keynote

This keynote presentation addresses how to best support refugee and migrant English language, learners. I describe how the speech communities of refugees and immigrants today are much broader and dynamic than were those of newcomers who arrived before the time of the internet.

I describe characteristics of a subset of newcomers – students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE). I explore how both learning preferences of SLIFE and ever-present technology create a unique situation for the teachers that support them and suggest strategies to help SLIFE succeed in schooling.

Vanek 2018 Concordia Vocation Retreat


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