Teaching Adult Refugees
Date posted: June 20, 2018
Today is World Refugee Day. This day commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees.
It’s also an opportunity to remember the learning needs of refugees in literacy programs.
“Refugees can have different needs in the classroom than other learners. They frequently have very urgent settlement needs; they may or may not have literacy needs due to interrupted education; and they have often experienced trauma.”
Here’s a list of some of the resources available to help literacy practitioners who are working with adult refugee students:
- ESL Toolkit: Tips, Hints, Links & Resources for Volunteer Tutors –designed for the Refugee Response Team – Thompson Okanagan & Kootenays
- Reducing Stress and Promoting Mental Health in the ABE/ESOL Classroom – from World Education
- Refugees in Canada: ESL for Resilience and Empowerment – a special issue of TESL Canada Journal
- Strategies for Teaching Adults Refugees in the ELL Classroom – from Bow Valley College’s ELL Training Network
- Teaching and Mentoring Refugees: 12 Important Considerations – from the BC TEAL Refugee Project
- Trauma-Informed EAL: PIRS Teacher’s Guide to Trauma-Informed English as an Additional Language– from Pacific Immigrant Resources Society