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Different generations, different needs: Migrant youth in English language programs

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Prospect: An Australian Journal of TESOL
Issue number3
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)6-23
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish


Migrant youth have different social and educational needs from those of their parents. However, young migrants are often included in ‘mixed-age’ language programs either because institutions lack the numbers to create youth-specific classes or because such classes are deemed unnecessary. In this article, we investigate the provisions made for migrant youth in the Adult Migrant English
Program (AMEP). Data is collected, first, through a survey of AMEP providers.
Then, the opinions of young migrants themselves are ascertained through focus group interviews, which are further supplemented by interviews with teachers and program directors. Finally, based on the information gathered from learners and educators, we outline a number of future directions for addressing the needs of this group.