Opening the Door to Elevate an ESL Workforce


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Sheila Rettig, Interpreter Network, LLC
Tim Paulson, Interpreter Network, LLC

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Opening the Door to Elevate an ESL Workforce

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION TO POTENTIAL BARRIERS • Refugee Settlement Sites: Detroit-Lansing-Grand Rapids • Educational and Perception differences • Source of reference • Influx of multiple languages and cultures within an area • Acceptance of majority population • Majority understanding of cultural differences • Embracing differences • Offering opportunity • Cultural Imagery
  2. 2. RECOGNITION OF LINGUISTIC VS EDUCATIONAL LEVELS Level One Non-existent (English speaking or understanding) Level Two Limited English Proficient Level Three Basic Conversation Level Four Functional Understanding Level Five Fluency
  3. 3. ACCULTURATION If you belong to a minority community in a country and retain your own culture but cannot remain isolated and are affected by the majority culture in such a way that you adapt to some aspects of the majority culture, the process is referred to as acculturation. Meeting of cultures is never a one sided process as many believe and, though a person belonging to a minority culture may begin to dress and speak like those belonging to the majority culture, he still retains the beliefs and customs of his own culture thus reflecting the process of acculturation. Read more: acculturation-and-vs-assimilation/#ixzz2fkPz1Fsu
  4. 4. ASSIMILATION Assimilation is a process whereby people of a culture learn to adapt to the ways of the majority culture. There is a loss of one’s own culture as a person gives more value to the cultural aspects of the majority community in the process of assimilation. This has been the case in the United States that has been the center of attraction of immigrants from many different countries. When the original customs and traditions of a culture get lost when it is influenced by the majority culture of a country, the process is referred to as assimilation. Read more: acculturation-and-vs-assimilation/#ixzz2fkQIGLD8
  5. 5. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACCULTURATION AND ASSIMILATION? Meeting of cultures always produces results in terms of changes in both the cultures, and acculturation and assimilation refer to two important and different changes in these cultures. • Assimilation refers to the process where some of the majority community’s cultural aspects are absorbed in such a manner that the home cultural aspects get mitigated or lost. • Acculturation is a process where the cultural aspects of the majority community are adapted without losing the traditions and customs of the minority community. • Minority culture changes in the case of assimilation whereas it remains intact in the case of acculturation. Read more: assimilation/#ixzz2fkQiWg41
  6. 6. STORY
  7. 7. AVOIDING THE COMMON LINK OF SECLUSION Ethnic grouping (community)  Same Language  Same Culture  Similar Traditions  Share similar Religion/Belief system  Acculturation process has many outcomes of which important ones are assimilation, rejection, integration, and marginalization. The importance of acculturation can never be overemphasized in the study of cross cultural influences and the ways peoples of different ethnic identities learn to adapt and accept the cultural traits of a majority community in a multiethnic society.
  9. 9. INTEGRATING/UNITING LANGUAGE AND CULTURE TO LEARNING AWARENESS • Distinguish Level of Learning • Offer Support Educational Lessons • Confirm Plan to Implement • Connect Phonics to Fluency • Paint A Source of Reference
  10. 10. ACCEPTANCE OF SELF ACCEPTANCE OF COMMUNITY Assimilation is the process that inevitably takes place whenever there are immigrants arriving in a country from a foreign land. Assimilation is a process that can be in degrees, and full assimilation is said to have taken place when it becomes hard to tell that the person belongs to a minority culture or is from the majority culture. It can be said that the individual, or for that matter, most of the members of this community are bicultural. It so happens that the original customs remain, and the members of the community accept customs from the majority community. In a multi ethnic society such as US, a person who is Hispanic or has Chinese roots remains attached to his own culture while adapting and accepting some of the customs of the new land.
  11. 11. OBSTACLES: STEP UP OR STUMBLING BLOCK • What factors do we contribute to whether it’s an obstacle or opportunity? • What are we offering to develop the incentive to reach higher? • Are we helping them to understand the choices? • Ultimately, every person must decide for themselves the path they follow: Work for success or Stumble and settle for less.
  12. 12. Sheila D. Rettig RN, MSN Tim Paulson President – Interpreter Network Interpreter Trainer/Recruiter (616 285-3289 (616) 285-3701 4079 Park East Court SE Suite 103 Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546