Author(s): Ekrem SOLAK, Selda ÇELİK

The purpose of this research is to determine linguistic problems of primary level refugee students in Turkey and to propose solutions to these problems. In this qualitative study, data are collected through interviews. Participants of the study are fifteen refugee students and ten teachers working at two primary schools in Ankara, Turkey. Among the students who have participated the study, five of the students migrated from Syria, three from Iraq, three from Afghanistan, two from Somalia and one from Libya. Teachers who have participated the study have different professional experiences and nine of them are female and one is male. According to the results of the study, refugee students experience linguistic problems in terms of both social and academic perspectives when they start school without any preparation. As students do not understand the lessons until they learn the language, the school does not have an academic contribution and prevents their future success.


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