2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

How I Caught Up with Society: The Necessity of the English Language Learning Program and the Stigmatization of Those Unable to Overcome Language Barriers
Jeffrey Yung
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this paper is to identify the impact that language barriers have on the social skills of children. Until my last year of middle school, I have personally struggled with social skills due to my inability to fully speak English at school and Cantonese at home; being born into a culture that was unfamiliar to my parents, where the only thing they could do for me was pay for my education and take me to and from school, I found myself very alienated and unmotivated to participate in any type of affairs. By examining the English Language Learning Program, education systems can begin making efforts to train teachers to handle English Language Learner students. By enrolling students struggling with language barriers into during or afterschool group programs, activities and speaking practice can be offered to advance student progress so they do not end up stigmatized or socially impaired.

Keywords: Language Barriers, English, Cantonese, Stigmatized, English Language Learning Program, ELL Program, Social Skills

Topic(s):English
Disability and Society

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: -3
Location: MG 2090
Time: 3:00

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