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British Council

Migrants and Refugees in Education: A toolkit for teachers

British Council via FutureLearn

Overview

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

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 136 reviews

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  • 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'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 education. I...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anonymous
    An excellent course for practitioners of all backgrounds and contexts. I sought out this course in order to be better equipped to support the few learners in my classes from refugee and migrant backgrounds and I definitely feel that this course has helped me to achieve that. I was very impressed by the breadth, depth and availability of the included and recommended resources. The materials were very clear and helpful, and trainers were personable and interacted often with participants. Thank you very much!
  • 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

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It is a thorough course with insight into many aspects of what to expect in most scenarios of English-learning. There is a broad scope of what is seen, the theory and mixture of experience others have had. Although I have had some pratice in this area, I am learning a great deal more with those in similar teaching positions and their experiences.
  • Anonymous
    This course was very insightful for me as a future teacher. The effort put into this course is evident, and I am very delighted that I got the chance to take this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This is the first time online course for me. I am enjoying very much, I introduced new way of teaching method. Many of learners throughout their point of view that's another parts of understand. Hope we are knowing better things after completing the course. Have a nice journey..

    With Regards,

    Tauhid.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It's been a fantastic course and I couldn't have asked for more. I will certainly study more on the aspect of Resilience for the Learner as well as myself as Teacher. A peep into the Neurotransmitters was great and how I can try to cater to the Oxytocin, etc. It's a pity that it was just for four weeks. Thanks.
  • Anonymous
    Great course with so many insights and useful resources for ESOL teachers, either teaching refugees or not.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Im really enjoying and appreciate that in week two there are more videos and examples of the applications of the teaching in real world setting across the globe. At the moment I am torn as to whether to comment that 3hrs for a lesson is too long. I...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I find that the Course offers a lot of additional materials/links, etc., which are 'gold mines'. I'd like to know more on how to enroll for a course that deals with details of the Reflect Approach to Teaching.
  • 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 all...
  • 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

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Although I am not teaching a whole class at the moment and work mainly with individuals, I want to develop confidence and skills to work in a wider range of settings with refugees and migrants. Your course has already helped me become more confident and...
  • 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.

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