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Social Isolation and Language Barriers in Migrant Population Aaron


SocialIsolation and Language Barriers in Migrant Population


State University

Topic/Name of Group:Overcoming Language Barriers through Group Counseling Of Migrant Students

Specific Population (adolescents, elderly, Hispanic males, 4th graders with autism, etc.)

Migrant students

Client issue (depression, freshmen retention, parents in jail, bulimia, divorce, abuse, self-esteem, etc.).

Language barrier issues and social isolation

Article 1 in APA style:

Rouse, M.E. (2014). Preparing the high school classroom for migrant english language

learners. PROFILE Issues in Teachers’ Professional Development, 16(1), 199-206.

Short review (no more than one paragraph) of article:

The high rate of immigrant English learners in the US has greatly affected the lives of teachers as well as students as they try to accommodate these learners in their classes. Language barrier has been identified as one of the biggest impediment to adaptation of international students from non-English speaking nations.

Article 2 in APA style:

Reitz, A.K, Asendorpf, J.B. &amp Motti-Stefanidi, F. (2015). When do immigrant adolescents feel personally discriminated against? Longitudinal effects of peer preference, International Journal of Behavioral Development, 39(3) 197–209.

Short review (no more than one paragraph) of article:

In this article, the authors explore discrimination as one of the biggest challenges faced by immigrant youths when trying to gain a proper education in the United States. The international students share a common experience of being treated unfairly across the globe, depending on their divergent learning experiences. This has a negative effect on the process of adoption of immigrant youths leading to low achievement in school, higher cases of drug abuse and lowered physical and mental health.

Article 3 in APA style:

Free, J.L., Križ, K. &amp Konecnik, J. (2014). Harvesting hardships: Educators’ views on the challenges of migrant students and their consequences on education. Children and Youth Services Review 47(2014), 187–197.

Short review (no more than one paragraph) of article:

According to Free et al., migrant students face five major challenges that negatively affect their education and social skills. These challenges include cultural barriers such as language and communication, challenges related to family and care, material needs, education challenges from migratory lifestyles and hardships due to undocumented legal status.

Article 4 in APA style:

Mccartney, C., Harris, S. &amp Farrow, V. (2012). Experiences of secondary hispanic immigrant students: Their stories of challenge and triumph. Journal of School Leadership 2(2012), 3-6.

Short review (no more than one paragraph) of article:

The authors explore four themes that were identified through narrative techniques used to explore the challenges faced with culture, immigration and education of the second generation of the Hispanic students, given the fact that they are non-English speakers. The main challenges the interviewees identified were respected for homeland, friends and family. In addition, other challenges identified included responsibility to family, resiliency and hope.

Article 5 or gov/org website in APA style:

Torrez, J.E. (2014). “Teachers should be like us!” Bridging migrant communities to rural

Michigan classrooms. Multicultural Education, 21(3-4), 39-44.

Short review (no more than one paragraph) of article:

Lack of knowledge on academic credit transfer, as well as the misunderstanding of life in a foreign nation makes it difficult for the international students completing their education up to the graduation day. There is a great need for culturally competent teachers for the migrant students that would greatly ease the transition into the United States education system. Group counseling for the migrant students is one of the strategies that are applied to enhance adoption of the United States’ education system. The counseling sessions encourage the migrant students to be socially involved, and it also helps them to overcome language barriers and social isolation.

How does this topic affect the school success of students (or success of clients)?

Group counseling improves the academic performance of the students because it emphasizes on the significance of learning in English, as well as adjusting to the new social environment.

Why do you believe a school counselor / therapist/ student development leader, etc. should address this issue?

The language barrier is a major obstacle to be learned among the international students who move to the US from countries where English is not spoken as a first language. Language impediment affects learning of migrant students who may lack time for taking proficiency classes to perfect their skills in English, as well as adjust to cultural orientations of the new learning environment. The inability of the immigrants to express themselves adequately slows down the learning process because they also have an impact on their social skills.