New resources support ESOL practitioners working with refugees

For Refugee Week 2020, Learning and Work Institute, Learning Unlimited and the Education and Training Foundation have launched a new suite of resources to help ESOL practitioners address the early integration needs of refugees.


19 06 2020


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The resources, which focus on learners with very low levels of language proficiency,  were informed by L&W’s research with refugee learners and ESOL stakeholders and developed by Learning Unlimited.

ESOL practitioners involved in user-testing responded positively to the new materials:
“I love the way these units have been prepared. They are excellent …It is based in lots of speaking and getting to know learners and finding out about their day to day lives. It's engaging and about real life.” (ESOL practitioner)

The resources consist of:

  1. Guidance to support practitioners with the approaches underpinning the materials, linked to the New to ESOL guidance
  2. 12 units of teaching and learning materials, based around a simple dialogue in a relevant early integration scenario, each intended to support around six hours of delivery
  3. A screening tool, to help identify learners who are ‘New to ESOL’, and who may benefit from additional early integration language support
  4. Learner profiles, illustrating the early integration needs and longer-term learning and work aspirations of refugees

The ESOL for Refugees resource pack is hosted by the Education and Training Foundation on the Excellence Gateway.

ESOL for Refugees resource pack

These are hosted by the Education and Training Foundation
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