English language learning provision for refugees: new toolkit

English language learning provision for refugees: new toolkit

News item 10 February 2021:

We’re delighted to publish the ESOL for refugees toolkit  It’s a free resource – you’re very welcome to share it!

Why ESOL provision matters

Male and female refugee learners in an adult education class.

For a refugee, learning English is crucial to being able to settle into life in the UK. Having a conversation with a neighbour, going shopping, and talking to your child’s teacher are everyday activities that can be transformed with a better grasp of the language. A good command of English is critical to get qualifications and a job that uses your existing skills and experience.

How can ESOL provision best meet those different needs?

Our journey to bring together the key aspects of providing ESOL for refugees

We began 2020 with a tour of England, consulting hundreds of people in the world of refugee English language learning in all 9 regions of England. We’ve combined what we learned with findings from the latest research to create the toolkit.

ESOL provision comes in all shapes and sizes

A mix of settings and styles is ideal to meet the needs of an individual learner: from gardening clubs, conversation clubs and trying new activities, to young refugees learning relevant vocabulary a week before a college class so they can learn effectively alongside their peers.

So the toolkit has loads of case studies from around the country to inspire you!

Two refugees gardening together outdoors.

Tips for funders and commissioners

Pip Tyler, Policy and Research Manager at Migration Yorkshire, says that the toolkit could be particularly helpful for people who fund or commission ESOL:

‘We hope this will fill a gap for commissioners and providers. It gives them something fairly comprehensive to refer to when they’re weighing up how best to allocate their budget, or wondering where to start with identifying needs among ESOL learners in their locality or how best to set up an ESOL steering group with a range of contributors. They can read up on the kinds of additional challenges that refugees face when learning English, and consider the innovative ways that others have tried to overcome barriers to learning’.

Diverse group of people in a work meeting, engaged in a presentation and discussion.

Online resources to help during lockdown

Looking at new ways to deliver English language support is even more critical at the moment, as many refugees will be struggling to learn in lockdown conditions. To address this, the toolkit includes links to a range of other online resources.

Get your copy of the ESOL toolkit today!



Illustrations on this page are by Nick Ellwood


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