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ERIC Number: EJ887463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1030-8385
Addressing the Educational Challenges Faced by African Refugee Background Students: Perceptions of Western Australian Stakeholders
Oliver, Rhonda; Haig, Yvonne; Grote, Ellen
TESOL in Context, v19 n1 p23-38 Aug 2009
Australian schools have a long history of providing education to students from culturally and linguistically diverse background, including new arrivals who are still in the process of acquiring English as an additional language. Nonetheless, the cohort of refugee children and youth coming from Africa's troubled regions in the last few years poses additional challenges for ESL and mainstream teachers. This paper draws on data from a qualitative research project undertaken in Western Australia to explore the perceptions of African refugee background students, their parents/caregivers, teachers and others involved in their education and support. The findings are described with respect to the perceived overarching challenges faced by students and teachers and as well as he main literacy issues which, in turn, affect student access to the wider curriculum. Possible strategies to address the problems identified by participants and literacy professionals are proposed.
Australian Council of TESOL Associations. P.O. Box 2019, Smithfield, New South Wales 2164, Australia. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Australia