Participants in the Leadership & Civic Engagement Training held at North York Community House in Fall 2018 conducted research into the effects of language barriers on adult newcomers as part of their practicum during the course.
The group reached out to 66 community members to learn more about the challenges faced by adults due to their limited or lack of knowledge and proficiency in the English language. They surveyed ESL learners in an adult high school and newcomers living in high rise apartment buildings in the west and northwest part of Toronto.
Following the interviews, they generated a report and an info-graphic using the results from their research. The group hopes to continue working on this issue in 2019, as alumni, focusing on engaging residents, (especially those facing language barriers) within a couple of their own buildings in order to help reduce social isolation.
Read the report here: The Language Barrier and its Effect on Adult Newcomers
See the info-graphic here: Language Barriers Experienced by Adult Newcomers