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Syrian voices: an exploration of the language learning needs and integration supports for adult Syrian refugees in Ireland

Ćatibušić, Bronagh, Gallagher, Fiona orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-7865-1757 and Karazi, Shadi (2019) Syrian voices: an exploration of the language learning needs and integration supports for adult Syrian refugees in Ireland. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 25 (1). pp. 22-39. ISSN 1360-3116

This paper describes a research project investigating language and intercultural support for adult Syrian refugees in Ireland under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP). Learning the language of the host community has been identified as a crucial factor in resettlement satisfaction for adult refugees, with particular difficulties reported in relation to older refugees, women, and those with low levels of literacy. This paper focuses on the voices of twenty-six adult Syrian refugees concerning their ongoing acquisition of English and interactions with members of the local community in the one to two years since their arrival, exploring their views regarding the importance of learning English and their perceptions of what constitutes both useful language learning supports and particular challenges for them. Findings point to the importance of language acquisition for adult refugees not only in relation to their prospects for employment, social interaction, and access to accurate information but also in relation to their sense of personal well-being, dignity and autonomy. The research highlights the need for a flexible approach to language learning and teaching in this context, utilizing a range of technological and bilingual supports, which respond to the particular circumstances, complex needs and previous learning experiences of the learners.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:refugees; language learning; integration; intercultural support; ESOL; resettlement
Subjects:Humanities > Language
Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Multiculturalism
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
DCU Faculties and Schools > Institute of Education > School of Language, Literacy, & Early Childhood Education
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2019.1673957
Copyright Information:© 2019 Taylor & Francis
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:23894
Deposited On:30 Oct 2019 13:03 by Thomas Murtagh . Last Modified 01 Feb 2023 21:47

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