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Migrants and Refugees in Education: A toolkit for teachers

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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.

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Kate Sandars

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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.
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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
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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 would assume many people are doing this part-time...
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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.
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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 has given me inspiration and ideas. It has really...
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Every aspect of the course is a high-quality. It is practical in that it connects the course material with on-the-ground experience of teachers, not attempting to veil their hardships but highlighting their success. The accompaniment of the Educators with the participants, giving encouragement and simple bits of feedback enhanced the learning and made it come alive. All of the resources were immediately accessible, provided food for thought, are easily understood, relevant and usable. The small refugee/migrant sketches and stories made the learning real.

The opportunity to engage with and support participants felt like we were a classroom of learners.

I have and will continue to highly recommend this course. Perhaps the 'setting' from which the course is based could be another part of the globe!

Thanks so much.

Merwyn De Mello

Kenya, India, USA
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I found the course very useful and I could do it at my own pace. The course leaders were very friendly and made the course very welcoming. The topics covered were very relevant to my own teaching situation, eventhough I don't teach children, there were still plenty of useful articles and resources relevant to adults.

I think bringing games and drama into the classroom is something I will certainly try more of.

I have so many articles bookmarked and I am looking forward to reading them again. The comments from the other teachers on the course were also very informative and encouraging. I would recommend this course to anyone dealing with refugees and migrants. Thank you also for providing the space to think or our own mental health and the importance of looking after ourselves.
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Some imaginative and interesting ideas. The elements of psychology were particularly useful, especially the impact of trauma on the brain and its implications for learners. As I am not currently teaching, it was a bit abstract for me, but I'm sure much of the course material was invaluable for in-service teachers.

I would have appreciated some more structured interactive activities to reinforce learning, e.g. multi choice review quizzes. I think this would have focused my attention more strongly on the subject matter and helped me assess my own learning.

I plan to volunteer to help a refugee family with everyday English conversation when a family comes to live in our town, and I feel this course has given me some ideas as to what to expect. Thank you.
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I've just completed week 2, so I'm halfway through and eager to start week 3.

I love that this is mostly asynchronous with a few synchronous components.

Being physically disabled, I had an oopsie about seven days ago and wasn't online much due to increased pain. Pain exacerbation means that I don't learn effectively anyways.

Since this is asychronous, I can complete a whole week at once. Love that option!

As well, the content is OUTSTANDING. I've got relevant first career knowledge (downtown Toronto mental health trauma RN with life skills coaching certificate). For me, this content moves me from mental health counseling to culturally-sensitive and empathetic language facilitator for adults.

Brilliant course British Council.

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I really think it was some great moment when I joined this course. It has taught me to look at so many things in so many different ways than what I believed earlier. I feel my vision to see reality and what is happening around the world has a new perspective. I feel I may still be able to help someone somewhere. Maybe not someone as a refugee or an immigrant because I am not in the vicinity of such a scenario, but as a human, with more empathy and the knowledge to teach resilience. I am so thankful to Ms Claire and Ms Sirin and the British Council for this excellent course and the freedom to follow it in my own pace. God bless you all. Amen.
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I have genuinely enjoyed this course. Every week we are introduced into different aspects into teaching and learning about providing education for migrants and refugees. I especially enjoy the conclusion drawn by educators, it really helps in consolidating the week-long learning, which are very much self-paced. I also realised how resourceful the British Council website is and I will refer to it more as time goes on. Again, I've reiterated a few times that it would be very helpful if one could hear more about how teachers who have experience in teaching migrant and refugee background students, how they have dealt and cope with various situations.
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I have given this course 4 stars as it wasn't all relevant to my context and I feel that that could have been made clearer in the course description. It also took a while to really get started in my opinion.

However, I found the majority of it very useful and I really enjoyed the way that, through the participants' comments, we could learn from the experiences, expertise and knowledge of others and also offer advice where people were looking for support. That built a nice community feel.

There were also lots of very useful and relevant pdfs and links which I have saved and will no doubt refer to again at a later date.

Thank you!
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I am really enjoying this course. There are a variety of articles, videos and links about the different topics, as well as more practical material like lesson plans, strategies, and classroom activities. I really like the fact that the participants can share their ideas and discuss about the lessons at each stage of the course. The educators are also doing a great job by reading all our comments, helping us deepen the discussion, and by making a collection of the most interesting and useful comments and tips at he end of each week. It is the first time a do an online course and it is much more than what I expected.
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I think one of the most important things we have to achieve is to generate empathy and comprehension, and it is something you cannot teach as theory. So, I like so much all the activities and experiences that are shared here.

Among many things, I’ve reflected about the roll of art in transmitting feelings, the importance of fiction to develop empathy, the need of autonomy to educate people. Humanities and creativity have a great roll to play in our world if we really want to make it a better place, if we really want to grow up ourselves as better, greater and deeper people.

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A great Course and very useful for everybody and a great time Management. The Course includes a big overview about how to deal with learners and also learners with Special cases. A lot of useable resources and ideas to share widden in the classes. Also to Keep in touch I am going to follow the Facebook pages and the Website. Best luck and wishes from my side and I will definitely follow your online Courses and suggest my friends and collegues to visit your Website for such great online Courses and Information that you share.

Kind regards
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Very concise, comprehensive, up-to-date and it promotes ways of teaching 21st Century-skills...

At times, I have the inner feeling that it leads us to Neuro-linguistic programming & Psychology Counselling, as it prompts us to view education from a different perspective....not as a tangible on-the-job training, but, rather as a wholistic ontology...

Sth that ought to fulfil and complete the whole personality, no matter what, who or where they may come from...

This course is the reason for getting me back to education...
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