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Teaching refugees/immigrants in the UK
« on: September 28, 2017, 12:57:14 am »
I've been offered a job teaching mostly Syrian teenagers at a public school in the UK.

Pretty short notice - I'm starting tomorrow and apparently I've got them for the entire school day. All I know is that their level is very low, so I'll be starting more or less from scratch.

Has anyone else had experience with this? After six years teaching elementary and middle school in Korea I have more than enough material that I can scale on the fly, I'm just anxious about dealing with kids who may have been through traumatic events. It's pretty new territory.

I'm trying to figure out what they need to know, what will be useful to them. The headmaster of the school mentioned language relating to schooling itself, which is easy enough. I suppose there's basic numeracy, appearance, prepositions and things like that.

Anyway, wish me luck I guess.


Re: Teaching refugees/immigrants in the UK
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2018, 10:22:32 am »
Just seen your message and was curious as to how it went? How did you get into something like that?


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Re: Teaching refugees/immigrants in the UK
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2019, 04:33:38 pm »
There are special classes for immigrants/refugee children. You still have to be accredited to teach because it's at a regular public school, hence it is incredibly hard to find teachers for those positions. I've heard pretty heart-wrenching stories about those classes.
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Re: Teaching refugees/immigrants in the UK
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2019, 09:50:03 pm »
Good luck. I don't have much in the way of practical advice from a teaching standpoint, but I did do some volunteer work with refugees in the UK many years ago. I'd start from a position of assuming the best, rather than the worst. Some will be distraught about their situation, but others will be grateful, eager to learn and embark on a new life. You're in a good position to help them with that. Don't be worried that they'll be exclusively focused on their traumas. For the most part, they'll be engaged in "normal" day-to-day stuff and like most resilient humans, occupied with everyday life.