ERIC Number: ED427550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Cultural Adjustment and Mental Health: The Role of the ESL Teacher.
Adkins, Myrna Ann; Birman, Dina; Sample, Barbara; Brod, Shirley; Silver, Margaret
The booklet is designed to provide English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) practitioners with background information and ideas to help refugees cope with a new cultural environment and promote mental health. Chapters address these topics: acculturation and biculturalism in the refugee experience; stress in resettlement (the types of stresses experience in resettlement, the importance of social support in coping with stress); mental illness in the refugee experience stress and mental illness, posttraumatic stress disorder, availability of mental health services, the role of the ESL teacher in helping refugees with mental health, prevention of mental illness); the connections between ESL and mental health (the classroom as a safe environment, the importance of English and the teacher, English as a key tool to cultural adjustment and employment, appropriate roles for the ESL teacher); and ESL activities to address mental health issues in the classroom. An article illustrating how cultural perspectives manifest themselves in the classroom is appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adult Education, Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Employment Opportunities, English (Second Language), Health Services, Land Settlement, Language Role, Language Teachers, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Refugees, Second Language Instruction, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Refugee Resettlement (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Spring Inst. for International Studies, Denver, CO.
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