Tips for Teaching English to Refugees

Teaching English is not a ‘one-size fits all’ endeavor. Understanding your students’ needs and, more importantly, their backgrounds is always important. However, it is even more crucial to exercise precise judgement when working with students coming from a life experience very different from your own. As a comedian would say, you must be able to “read the room”. I’ve recently embarked on a totally new ESL teaching journey, one that has, unfortunately, become all the more necessary due to the humanitarian crisis occurring around the globe: working with refugees and asylum seekers. With such a growing demand for relocated persons to learn English in order to integrate into their new home, I’d like to pass on some newly acquired wisdom that I’ve gained through my recent experiences.

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