Psychological Adjustment of Immigrant Children in the classroom


Adjustment difficulties

Nowadays, the number of immigrant students increases. The “foreign” child often feels “incomplete”, “different”, “empty”, believing that he has to learn as fast as he can the language of the host country and as well as its culture. Furthermore the child may believe that his native language is a barrier for him to adjust into the new country, and may even consider it as socially inferior or as a defect and thus he wants to abolish the bond with it and tries to repel it.

In particular, the student-immigrant usually reacts negatively to the lack of understanding by the others around him, goes into isolation, he becomes introverted, reacts aggressively, and puts himself in the margins of school life.

Learning the new language is the main problem that needs an immediate solution. Sometimes the student-immigrant may experience a long period of silence and exhibit a preference to be a passive observer of the school life rather than an active participant.

How to Welcome Immigrant Students Into the Classroom

For these reasons it is necessary to enhance the confidence and self-esteem of these students through the recognition and acceptance of their  own language and cultural difference. 

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