2.C Settlement and Integration
C.8 How is language treated?
Why is this area important?
Actors need to consider how sponsored refugees will access language training services.
Considerations may include:
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(i) How important is language acquisition for long-term outcomes for resettled refugees? (ii) What requirements must sponsored refugees meet to enroll in language training classes? (iii) Are there language learning services geared towards refugees already in place? (iv) Are language classes mandatory for sponsored refugees? (v) Who pays for language training services for sponsored refugees? (vi) Who handles language assessments? (vii) How should refugees balance language acquisition with employment searching? (viii) How accessible are language services in terms of distance from the refugees’ residence, child care, etc?
Ian Bonelli, "Language teachers preparing for influx of Syrian refugees: Private businesses are also preparing to help with second-language instructor for Syrian refugees" (CBC News, 27 November 2015)
Meera Vijayann, “‘It was very hard’: Learning English a struggle for Syrian refugees, and support not always there” (CBC News, 27 November 2016)
Anita Bathe, “Millions worth of free English classes for Syrian refugees going unused” (CBC News, 2 May 2016)