Theatre Of The Oppressed For Immigration Essay

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Theatre of the Oppressed for Immigration/acculturation
English presents an obstacle for many immigrants to their education and career goals. In the context of immigration and acculturation, an overview starts with immigration as a global human phenomenon. “Throughout history, individuals and groups have moved and resettled in other places, for a myriad of reasons from war to famine, from seeking refuge to seeking employment.” (Kağitçibaşi, 314) Acculturating immigrant families in our community face political tensions, intergenerational conflict, and language barriers. People emigrating to Anchorage face negative stereotypes, social distance, and discrimination as barriers to a positive acculturation experience. My proposed program seeks to address the various obstacles that immigrants and refugees identify using a pedagogy that relies on performance as a theoretical construct and an embodied practice in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom. “ESL pedagogy can serve larger social agendas by implicating the classroom as an instrument of social critique and change.” (Louis, 2002, p. 4)
Background and Significance
Current statistics show that the state has been attracting many more immigrants in recent years, such that 7.6 % of Alaska’s population is now foreign-born. Between 2010 and 2014, the foreign-born population in Alaska grew by more than 9,000 people, increasing in size by 19.4 %. In percentage terms, this makes Alaska an outlier compared to other states. Only…

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