Teaching Diversity: Helping Newcomer Students Adjust Academically


  • Mohammad Ali Bakhshi Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Hua Que Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Xuemei Li Memorial University of Newfoundland


The province’s five-year action plan to attract more immigrants into the province (Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, n.d.) indicates an increase in the number of newcomer students in our education system. Most of these students come from war-torn regions with diverse linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds. Many of them had been living in the refugee camps for years with limited or interrupted schooling, which makes it more challenging for educators to help them succeed in the school.