What is this?

ssssThe Scottish Government has agreed to resettle Syrian refugees under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) Scheme. VPR refugees are being welcomed by numerous local authorities across Scotland.

On 29 February 2016, Education Scotland hosted an event to support English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) practitioners who are new to working with refugees. The event shared the experiences of ESOL practitioners and refugee support agencies. These video resources and presentation slides are taken from the event. They provide information on services available to support refugees, as well as tips and ideas on how to support them in the classroom.

Who is this for?

​These exemplars will be useful to all practitioners involved in teaching ESOL and supporting refugees.

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Presentations

Mhoraig Green, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)

Mhoraig Green spoke on the local authority approach to welcoming refugees.

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PowerPoint file: Mhoraig Green - Scottish Local Authorities and the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme (1.73 MB)

Elodie Mignard, Scottish Refugee Council

Elodie Mignard gave an overview of welcoming refugees to Scotland.

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PowerPoint file: Elodie Mignard - Building a better future with refugees in Scotland (3.42 MB)

Craig Brown, Workers' Educational Association (WEA) Scotland

Craig Brown’s presentation on the Holistic Integration Service can be accessed below.

PowerPoint file: Craig Brown - WEA Scotland - The Holistic Integration Service (3.38 MB)

Mary McManus, City of Glasgow College

Mary McManus spoke about supporting refugees with 'ESOL Extras'.

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 PowerPoint file: Mary McManus - ESOL Extras (934 KB)

Jim Brady and David Cullen, Glasgow ESOL Access Project

Jim Brady and David Cullen's presentation was about supporting learners to access ESOL provision.

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PowerPoint file: Jim Brady and David Cullen - Rationale For a Single Database in Glasgow (154 KB)

The Glasgow ESOL Access Project database - register for an ESOL class in Glasgow.

Lynn Ma, Glasgow Clyde College

Lynn Ma's presentation focused on supporting young adult refugees.

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PowerPoint file: Lynn Ma - Teaching and Supporting Young Refugees (430 KB)

Frank Higgins, The British Red Cross

Frank Higgins spoke about British Red Cross support services for refugees living in Scotland.

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PowerPoint file: Frank Higgins - British Red Cross - Refugee Support (2.18 MB)

Workshops

Jim Lee and Rasha Tindal, The EASE Project (Glasgow Clyde College)

Supporting refugees and solving their problems

PowerPoint file: The Ease Project and Support to ESOL Students at Glasgow Clyde College (79 KB)

Gary Lindsay, Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA)

Teaching ESOL Literacies

PDF file: Supporting Refugees through ESOL Literacies (3.09 MB)

Jo Jarvis, Glasgow ESOL Forum

Supporting volunteer tutors to support refugees

Materials to support practitioners in facilitating a discussion with volunteers about the boundaries of their role.

PDF file: Volunteer Boundaries - Discussion (300 KB)

PDF file: Volunteer Boundaries - Traffic lights (118 KB)

PDF file: Volunteer Boundaries - Role cards (166 KB)

Helen Jackson, City of Glasgow College

Teaching ESOL and employability to refugees

PowerPoint file: Teaching ESOL and Employability to Refugees (2.27 MB)

 

How was this example identified?​

​As part of the live narrative aspect of the HUB, this content follows on from the existing content on teaching ESOL to refugees. Practitioners can access the final event (COSLA National Learning Event​) which took place in October last year which concludes this particular project that supports the work around teaching ESOL to refugees.​