Helping Syrian and Afghan Refugees in Germany
Imagine being a Syrian or Afghan refugee in Germany. You’ve got to learn the language, the norms of a new culture, and how to find your way around the towns and cities of your new home. You know you need to acquire this knowledge and skill set quickly in order to provide for your family, talk to your kids’ teachers, and begin to make sense of your new environment.
For the past year the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at UO has been playing an important role in making that process of linguistic and cultural adaptation more efficient and humane.
Building on their strengths in developing “place-based” technologies for language learning, CASLS received a grant from Deutsche Telekom to develop German language materials for Arabic or Dari speakers that would provide real world language practice and cultural information.
Listen to Kathrin Kaiser and Christopher Daradics, CASLS language specialists, discuss both what it was like to work in the refugee camps and what their team learned in the process to bring this important project to fruition.