The Acculturation Process. Life in the United States. The Stages of Cultural Adjustment. The Four Stages of Adjustment: 1 st The Honeymoon Phase: marked by feelings of idealism and optimism
Life in the United States
The Four Stages of Adjustment:
1stThe Honeymoon Phase: marked by feelings of idealism and optimism
2ndThe Hostility Phase: marked by feelings of frustration, confusion, and discontent; often times feeling as if one does not belong
3rdThe Humor Phase: marked by a period of reflection upon previous experiences and the ability to laugh at one’s own confusion
4thThe Home Phase: marked by feelings of belonging and renewed feelings of optimism
Adjusting to a new culture is often a very difficult and frustrating experience . The difficulty of this adjustment is due in no small part to the dynamic nature of culture.
It is important to understand the characteristics of culture in order to understand why it can be so overwhelming at times.
Culture can be divided into two distinct parts:
Surface Culture Deep Culture
Concepts of Time
Courtship and Marriage
Health and Medicine
Gestures and Kinesics
Grooming and Presence
Rewards and Privileges
Rights and Duties
Space and Proxemics
Language is an essential element of both surface and deep culture.
As an element of surface culture, language easily distinguishes one group of people from another.
As an element of deep culture, language is a reflection of multiple elements (e.g. Precedence, Ceremony, Values, etc.)
Hillsborough County Public Schools offers a wide array of English language learning opportunities at no cost.
Adult and Community Education programs offer ESL classes both day and night.
C.A.R.I.B.E .offers educational opportunites, including ESL classes to refugees from Cuba and Haiti .
The Literacy and Acculturation Center provides Sed de Saber training and parent units to school sites throughout the district.
Additionally, community and faith-based providers like the Family Resource Centers and Catholic Charities provide ESL classes.
Assimilation into a new culture takes a relatively long time, generally multiple generations.
Acculturation is the initial step towards assimilation; it is the blending of two sets of cultural norms in order to participate and live in the new culture. During this process it is important to be patient with oneself and seek assistance and guidance whenever possible.
For additional information.
please contact :
Office of Programs for English Language Learners
The Literacy and Acculturation Center