Third World Resettlement: A Phenomenological Study of Refugee Youth

By Monica Lakhwani.

Published by The International Journal of Community Diversity

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This article explored the phenomenon of resettlement for ethnic Bhutanese refugee newcomer youth between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. In cultures which tend to differ from the American culture, language anxiety can facilitate or debilitate learners from learning a second language and can impact their cultural adaptation. Previous studies incorporating language anxiety and cultural adaptation have primarily focused on quantitative methodology and adult learners. This study explored refugee resettlement with a focus on both language anxiety and cultural adaptation among Bhutanese newcomer students in the United States. Using phenomenological methodology, results of this study are categorized in four key themes: motivation and vulnerability, fear and isolation, quality of life, and community structure and sense of belonging.

Keywords: Language Learners, Language Anxiety, Resettlement

The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp.15-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 3, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 774.450KB)).

Dr. Monica Lakhwani

Multicultural Specialist, Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs, Jefferson County Public School District, Louisville, Kentucky, USA