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Language for Resilience: An introduction to trauma and its effects in the classroom

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Find out about the first module in the Language for Resilience online training series.

Welcome to the Language for Resilience Online Series

There are four training modules for teachers in the series.

About this module

Understand learner experience and behaviour. Take this module and see how a basic understanding of trauma and its effects in the classroom can benefit the teaching and learning process. An introduction to trauma and its effects in the classroom is a three-hour self-study training module, which is divided into three one-hour units.

Understanding trauma and ways this manifests in classroom interactions can help teachers to be more empathetic and empowered. The aim of this module is to look at how trauma impacts students so teachers are equipped to shape the teaching and learning processes to be safer, more inclusive and protective.

  • By the end of unit 1, you'll be able to define trauma and understand its possible causes
  • By the end of unit 2, you'll be able to reflect on the effects on learning and behaviour in the classroom through examples of students and consider the role of the teacher in endings and transitions
  • By the end of unit 3, you'll learn some interesting ways to create physical and emotional safety through basic strategies

Start dates to be announced later this year

Duration: Three hours self-study 

Who is this module for?

Teachers working with migrants and refugees with all ages and levels

Level of English required:

CEFR B1 and above

Before your course starts, we recommend accessing the following resources:

  • Facebook group  - To get the most out of the course, join the Facebook group for course participants, practitioners, researchers and course developers to get support and advice from peers. This is where your moderators will be able to respond to your questions and help you with guidance.
  • Research - Download our Language for Resilience report to learn about teachers and students needs in the Middle East and North Africa
  • YouTube - Watch the Language for Resilience videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel to meet the staff, teachers and students making a difference in the Middle East and North Africa.


For participants who successfully complete all tasks and achieve a score of 70% or above in the online exercises, there will be a downloadable certificate of completion at the end of each module.

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