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STAGES OF ACCULTURATION
• Imagine leaving your home, your friends, and familiar surrounding and coming to a new country.  At first, you might be happy with the adventure.  However, this happiness would probably fade when you were surrounded by strangers who speak a language you don’t understand in a school were expectations are totally different.  You miss familiar food, sights, smells, and friends.  Many ELLs go through this process of Stages of Acculturation. • The happiness of the honeymoon stage may be followed by depression, anger, sadness, called culture shock.  ELLs may sleep a lot, cry, lash out in anger, or even have frequent illnesses. • Eventually, this too will pass and the student will begin to accept the new life.
HOW CAN AN ELL’s CULTURE IMPACT LEARNING?
 A student’s culture and language are interrelated.
 In some cultures, it is disrespectful to look into someone’s eyes. It may be disrespectful to call a teacher by name. “Teacher” is the respectful way to address a teacher in some countries.
 Different cultures have different ideas about “personal space” or about being touched or working with members of the opposite sex. Some have religious food restrictions or fast (Ramadan).
 Some cultures value cooperation over competition, so students may “share” their work or answers on tests. This shows generosity and helpfulness in their culture.
 Some cultures value “teacher led” classrooms and teachers are revered as providers of knowledge. In these cultures, students are not encouraged to question the teacher. Students may be confused by our student centered classrooms where they are expected to express their opinions.
 Some cultures place great value on the family and family traditions. Missing school to care for siblings is not unusual.
 The concept of time is not universal. Punctuality is a relative term.
 Some parents don’t get involved in school: it wasn’t done in their home country and they don’t know the expectations here.
 Culture impacts reading and writing: some cultures relate stories metaphorically. Some write indirectly, very different from our direct style.
Teach American culture: what is acceptable and what is not! Be careful not to stereotype cultures! Involve parents in school: invite parents to speak on their country, attend meetings,
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What can you do?  Be sensitive.  Let the student know you understand!