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British Council

Migrants and Refugees in Education: A toolkit for teachers

British Council via FutureLearn

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Find out how to help students dealing with trauma

On this course, you’ll hear from experienced teachers on the challenges of refugee education.

They’ll share experiences of what they’ve learned and strategies they’ve used when teaching migrant learners both in countries affected by conflict and in host countries.

Whether you’re a language teacher, a teacher of another subject, or a volunteer working in migrant and refugee education, you’ll find ideas and strategies that you can use to better understand your learners.

You’ll also learn how to build inclusive classrooms and develop your learners’ confidence, taking into account the languages they know and their cultures.

The course will be useful for anyone working with migrants and refugees in an educational context.

This can range from those teaching English to refugees to teachers in schools looking to promote inclusive education.

Taught by

Kate Sandars


4.8 rating, based on 152 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    Hello. I would like to reassure you that I have truly enjoyed the course. I think the articles and the clips have been very carefully chosen and they are very engaging and thought provoking. This course has helped me reflect on my own teaching strategies, and on what might be missing in my lessons. It gave me ideas on how to improve my lessons to make them more beneficial for the learners. It provided me with more in depth information about the notion of being a refugee and what problems and issues they might be facing when they come to settle in a new country.
  • Lynette Dias
    The course was interesting and informative, with lots of practical suggestions and resources provided by both the course creators and fellow students. Claire did an excellent job summarizing each week's content and highlighting useful comments/discussion threads, besides providing thoughtful responses to participants' comments.
  • Anonymous
    10/10 recommend this course to all educators! It's a self-paced professional development that will help you become a better educator for students with trauma backgrounds.
  • Anonymous
    I've been very grateful for the last two weeks and looking forward for week 3. I've learnt a lot from this course, such as: how to help learners with difficulties overcome the challenges, how to reduce the impact of negative stereotypes, how to value/adapt learners' L1 in the classroom, how to create collaborative learning, and how to foster autonomy... and there are still so much to discover in the following week! The most important is that we have learnt how to develop a supportive learning environment for migrants and refugees.
  • Anonymous
    I thought that the course was very good - full of really valuable ideas, information and resources. It has greatly enhanced my knowledge of relevant issues and introduced me to some really interesting concepts and approaches to migrant and refugee…
  • Naser Aldhawi is taking this course right now.

    The Course is very important curing the main case the education but we have also take care for internally refugees in their education and social life and relating them with their family for psychological health
  • Anonymous
    I am very thankful first of all for this platform as I am getting an opportunity to learn sitting in my home country and getting to learn so much from people belonging from different parts of the world.

    It is a very interactive way of learning and sharing.

    Thank you so much.

    Regards Teresa.
  • Nicoleta Bilan
    This course has helped me to understand what strategies can be used in classroom when working with refugees students or children who immigrated into UK. Also a better understanding of their behaviour will enable me to prepare better lessons adapted to their needs.

    Nowadays, in this world context it is crucial to understand and offer the best support we can, to the pupils in need of learning English and to get them adapted to a new society.

    with a new culture than theirs.

    The shared experiences of my colleagues gave me new and great ideas of approaching and introducing new teaching methods.

    I would definitely recommend this course to every person involved into educational sector.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The structure of the course highly appeals to me. The combination of the videos and articles is a resourceful and forseful fusion. Grateful for the opportunity for the feedback and the possibility to view the ideas of the other participants. The topic touched is urgent and vital nowadays. XXIst century generation is still a traumatised society due to the minor wars, regional millitary conflicts, neo-colonialism, internal immigration. The world has opened its borders and the classes became multicultural. In a globalised society we need to learn how to respect the representatives of different nations and how to work effectively with the learners from various background.
  • Gillian Hull
    Although I've been teaching a long time now, this course is very refreshing with so much input from teachers and learners. It is making me reflect on how I have used approaches creatively in the past and how I can improve on these in the future. I am more aware of how learners can express what they already know and what they want to know in the future. In other words, this course is making my choices more future directed, for what the learners are hoping for in their own future,
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I had to go through this course very quickly because the end date was looming and I would have to start paying for it! However, it was a fantastic course, and I have made notes and copied links so that I can go back over these things at my leisure. I loved the fact that there were so many contributors from so many different parts of the world , and from many different situations. I felt a little guilty that I didn't have time to contribute to the comments, but would like to thank everybody else for their time and effort.
    The course covered such a lot, and inspired me to think creatively.
    Thank you
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    A tantalising course that opens one’s mind and opens possibilities. Many websites, videos, reviews which in 4 weeks, I cannot attempt to accomplish but appreciate their existence.
    The thought of empathy teaching is particularly appealing to me as stereotyping bias is an anathema to me. However, I have never encountered a better way to quell it. It won’t happen overnight...but I hope it will happen.
    Maybe this covid19 will help a world society to germinate.
  • Anonymous
    I have appreciated the fact that the course was divided into small manageable chunks which was convenient for picking up at times when I had a spare moment. I enjoyed the range of topics covered, the short videos, and the section on trauma in particular as I have not previously had the time/opportunity to look into this in more detail - which embarrasses me slightly to admit, given that it is such an important aspect of teaching migrant/refugee learners. I was very happy to get more teaching resources, and I also enjoyed reading the comments from other participants, which in themselves were a teaching tool at times. Thank you to all, and to the course organizers who obviously spent so much time putting this course together.
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    Catherine Williams
    Thank you for putting together such a great course. I have learned a lot from the course and also from the other students. I work only with adults in large groups but I have more ideas now about the material I maybe able to use. I have collected…
  • Anonymous
    Very interesting course. I particularly liked the sharing of resources and experiences between participants.
    Lot's of food for thought and implications for future practice.
    I think the strategies for helping teachers and learners cope with difficult situations was especially helpful.
    Thanks very much!
  • Anonymous
    I am very happy to join your course. The work of the course is built very clearly, the materials are clear, accessible, and there are many resources of materials that we can use in our practice. You have done an excellent job of preparing this course. The experience you shared is useful in our difficult, complex, fleeting life. I really want to convey to the students of my country what difficulties and injustices the children of other countries face. Our students need to value the opportunities they have.

    Thanks to the course, I realized that I did a lot right, but even more needs to be mastered, especially when it comes to children's injuries, and they can be caused by various aspects.
  • Anonymous
    Useful course in nowadays reality. Thanks a lot for the information. Iliked the whole course,especially, about Using drama and songs on the lessons.
    very important topic abot trauma and kids agression were open adn explained.
    Much thanks to the authors ane British council!
  • Anonymous
    I am really interested in this course. I got a lot of concepts plans strategies and techniques regarding dealing with refugees and migrants suffering and needs . I build empathy and I promise to use this activity in my class. It is the teacher duty to integrate those people in his small community to build their confidence and adapt all ways to live in the host community depending on themselves. I strongly recommend this course to all of my colleagues to get needed skills to be able to deal with migrants and refugees developing their emotional skills. Teachers should be guiders , helpers and facilitators to push their learners overcome their barriers.
  • Anonymous
    So far, this course has become insightful and enriching for someone like me who is new to migrants and refugees in education. The resources shared in this course are beneficial for every teacher whether working voluntarily or in a formal setting.
  • Anonymous
    It is a good course particularly because of the practical nature of it. There are lots of interviews with teachers working with immigrants and refugees, giving guidance how they managed in their circumstances.

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