In the Classroom
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
Change AgentImmigration Issue
This issue of The Change Agent focuses on immigration, with articles
and classroom activities that explore the history of immigration
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)
This article describes "Familiar Strangers," a project
that uses immigration history to teach English to new arrivals to
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?"
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.
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 instructors
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.
Health and the ESL Classroom: a Guide for Teachers Working with
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.