ERIC Number: ED202213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
On Being Alive and Well and Living in English.
Culture shock is a condition that can affect newcomers to a country as well as those who have been in a new environment for varying periods of time, and who continue to experience orientation difficulties. It is a disturbance of the organism which results from the imposition of one culture upon another, and because it is so closely allied with the concept of self, language is a significant factor in the process of personal adjustment. English as a second language (ESL) teachers are in a favorable position to help immigrants adjust to their environment through their understanding attitude toward these persons. ESL teachers and other persons involved with immigrants must develop a sensitivity to their needs as integrated human beings. It is suggested that teachers and others can develop this sensitivity through an awareness of their own culture and the implications of its modernity for those who have been born to a different way of life. Teachers and others can refer to many agencies in Vancouver that offer a variety of institutional resources to facilitate the settlement and adjustment of immigrants. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Teachers of English as an Additional Language, Vancouver (British Columbia).
Identifiers: British Columbia (Vancouver)
Note: In its T.E.A.L. Occasional Papers, Volume 3 p61-74, 1979.