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Specialist assesses English needs of Venezuelan refugees in Trinidad and Tobago

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Associate Professor Dr. Kristen Lindahl, of the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, recently participated as an English Language Specialist in Trinidad and Tobago to support the needs of the Venezuelan refugees who have resettled in the islands. Dr. Lindahl visited schools, universities, non-government organizations (NGOs) and government agencies to explore ESL curriculum, planning and pedagogy that would support children and adults learning English in their new environment.

“Working in Trinidad and Tobago was a fascinating experience, as it re-affirmed for me how interrelated English learning, policy and history truly are” said Dr. Lindahl.

The opportunity gave Dr. Lindahl a chance to meet with organizations such as the Democracy International, Living Waters [in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)], faculty at the University of the West Indies, USAID and U.S. Department of State personnel in Public Affairs and the Political/Economic sector, to discuss the resources available for the Venezuelan refugees who are learning English in their new country.

Dr. Lindahl not only saw this as an exploration of assessing Venezuelan refugees’ needs, but as a chance to discover the influences the local and federal education policies often have language learning.

“Visiting learning spaces, speaking with local teachers and university professors and hearing from Venezuelan and Trinidad community members provided invaluable insight into the many factors that contribute to learning another language” said Dr. Lindhal.

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