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Immigration Issues

American Immigration Past and Present: A Simulation Activity
This is an immigration simulation activity designed for high school level learners. It is useful for advanced learners who can read independently, analyze different documents, and write an essay expressing their views.

The Change Agent—Immigration Issue
This issue of The Change Agent focuses on immigration, with articles and classroom activities that explore the history of immigration

Cultural Orientation Web Site
This site was established to create linkages between overseas providers of cultural orientation and domestic resettlement programs. The site offers a great deal of both background and up-to-date information about refugees and their concerns. The website includes Fact Sheets which give pertinent country and cultural background about such groups as the Sudanese, Iraqi Kurds, Somalis, Haitians, and Cubans as well as questions frequently asked by refugees. This site is maintained by the Center for Applied Linguistics. (NCLE)

Familiar Strangers
This article describes "Familiar Strangers," a project that uses immigration history to teach English to new arrivals to New York.

Hopes and Wishes of Parents
Community college teacher Lynne Anderson describes a video project that grew out of a discussion the immigrant parents in her class had about the question, "How is your family changing?" (added 10/10/03)

Immigration policy lesson
These K-12 civics lessons, prepared by the Close Up Foundation, examine current immigration policies in the United States, at both the state and federal levels. They provide useful background material and lesson ideas for adult educators.

Life Stories of Adult Learners
This site, supported and maintained by United Neighborhood Houses, invites adult learners to post their own life stories and to read those of other immigrants. The website is too complicated for most beginning and intermediate learners to use without an instructor’s guidance.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum's mission is "to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side, a gateway to America." Visitors to this site can tour the on-line exhibits.

Mental Health and the ESL Classroom: a Guide for Teachers Working with Refugees
This guide was produced by the International Institute of Boston and the Immigrant and Refugee Services of America and can be downloaded from this site. Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat to download this material and access this site. You can click on the "Web Tools" button to get a free copy of Adobe Acrobat.

My Journey Home
"My Journey Home" is a documentary about race, immigration and identity, built on the stories of three people who make the journey to their ancestral homelands. You can find their stories by clicking on their photos. The lesson plans Put here "For Teachers" are adaptable for adult education.


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