Critical Response Reading

Critical Response Reading. There are four parts to a critical response mini essay:

1) an argumentative topic stance,

2) evidence in the form of quotations or paraphrases for the argument you are making

3) interpretation of your evidence in relation to the argument

4) a strong concluding statement.

Do not write a summary. Engage the text.

Critical Response Reading

When immigrants move into the United States of America, they are hopeful that their lives will change and their children will receive the best education that America has to offer. However, there are challenges that affect the education system in regards to immigrants. Cultural differences, family conflicts and language barriers are some of the biggest challenges affecting both teachers and immigrant students. However, effective cross-cultural interactions in classrooms are crucial in the educational experience of immigrant’s students.

According to Gilbert Valadez, the author of ‘The Gardeners’ Story: Teaching and Cross-Cultural Communication, it is possible for two people from different ethnic backgrounds, who do not speak the same language to have a meaningful interaction and understand each other(Valadez, 2001). Through the Gardener’s story, he informs that teachers can have a meaningful interaction with their immigrant students if only respect is upheld. If both the teacher and immigrant student can respect each other, their ethnicity, cultural differences there can create a conducive atmosphere for both of them. Hence improving the educational experience of immigrant students.

In addition, for teachers to create a conducive educational experience of immigrant students living with disabilities, they need to understand the cultural background of the student and the beliefs of their family members. According to the Journal of International Association of Special Education, culture influences people’s perception on disabilities (Palawat & May, 2011). For example, disability in Thai culture means incomplete. In the Indian culture, disability is believed to be a tragedy similar to death. Hence, teachers should be trained properly to deal with such families and students to improve the quality of educational for an immigrant child living with disabilities (Palawat & May, 2011). They should also interact with such students and create a safe haven for them at school especially if the condition at home is hostile.

In conclusion, while dealing with immigrants and educating immigrant students, cross-cultural communication is important. Additionally, effective interaction can help create meaningful interactions despite language barriers and cultural differences and essentially create a conducive learning experience for immigrant students.


Palawat, M., & May, M. (2011). The Impact of Cultural Diversity on special Education Provision in the United States. The Journal Of International Association Of Special Education12(1). Valadez, G. (2001). The Gardener’s Story: Teaching and Cross-Cultural Communication. The Phi Delta Kappan International82(9). Retrieved from

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