Second language acquisition for survivors of war and torture: contributing to resettlement and recovery

Presenter: Abdul Abubaker, Manager of the Language and Skills Training Program, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) Date: Wed., Oct. 19, 2016


Webinar description
Language training can help survivors of torture and war in their resettlement process and can contribute to emotional wellness. These learners, however, may face unique challenges when learning a new language. In this webinar, Abdul Abubaker, Manager of CCVT's Language and Skills Training Program, discusses the effects of torture and war trauma on learning and some strategies that can be used to facilitate second language learning for this population.
Learning objectives:
By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe issues affecting language learning that survivors of war and torture may face
  • List strategies or practices useful in facilitating language instruction for survivors of war and torture.

Presenter biography

Abdul Abubaker is an ESL/LINC educator, specializing in promoting unique learning and teaching strategies in language and skills training programs. He promotes these strategies for new Canadians who are survivors of torture and war trauma.

Abdul is currently the manager of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture's (CCVT's) Language and Skills Training Program.


Abdul Abubaker