refugees

Teaching English to Adult Refugees

June 20th is World Refugee Day. This year’s theme is “Every Action Counts”. “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.” If you are teaching English to… Read more

Trauma-informed EAL

Here’s another reminder of a great resource! Are you working with refugee women who have experienced trauma?  Here’s a resource for you. The Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) has published Trauma-Informed EAL: PIRS Teacher’s Guide to Trauma-Informed English as an Additional Language. Here’s what the curriculum designer, Diana Jefferies, has to say about the approach:… Read more

Newcomer Women’s Health Resource

Newcomer Women’s Health Resource: New Strategies for Women Learning English for Better Health is a new curriculum created by Diana Jeffries from The Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS). If you work with immigrant and refugee women, this is a resource designed for you. This resource is designed to help teachers and students engage in the… Read more

Teaching Adult Refugees

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… Read more

Strategies for Teaching Adult Refugees in the ELL Classroom

“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.” Strategies for Teaching Adults Refugees in the ELL Classroom is a recent guide from Bow Valley College’s ELL Training… Read more

Namaste Book Series

In 2014, the Tasmanian Council for Adult Literacy (TCAL) published the Namaste series of stories. Keiron Galloway worked with students to write the stories. The stories are available for free download. “Six people tell of seeking asylum in Australia, fleeing their homeland under dangerous circumstances, living in limbo, and leaving everything behind for a new… Read more

What They Took With Them

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released this video. Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman. The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired… Read more

Beyond Trauma

Are you working with adult EAL students who have experienced trauma? Beyond Trauma: Language Learning Strategies for New Canadians Living with Trauma is a new resource from LISTN that is designed to help you. Beyond Trauma: Language Learning Strategies for New Canadians Living with Trauma provides approaches, strategies, and language goals for the English as… Read more

BC TEAL Refugee Project

The BC TEAL Refugee Project was created as a way for BC TEAL members to share their expertise and experience as English language teachers by volunteering to tutor new arrivals to Canada who are unable to attend government-funded English language classes. The project has created a website to share ideas and resources. There are resources… Read more