Teaching English podcast: How can I teach refugees, migrants and IDP's effectively?

Download the fourth episode, show notes and transcript from series 1 of our podcast 'British Council Teaching English'.

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In this ten-part podcast series from the British Council, we try and provide solutions to some of the key questions being asked by English teachers around the world. Each episode explores a specific topic through interviews, a focus on recent developments and reports on British Council initiatives in English language teaching. Practical show notes and transcripts are available to download at the bottom of the page.

Episode 4: How can I teach refugees, migrants and IDP's effectively?

There are in excess of 85 million displaced people in the world, with children under the age of 18 constituting around half this total. Whether a refugee, migrant or internally-displaced person, developing language skills can play a huge role for these individuals – and the host communities in which they live – to withstand challenges, recover from crisis and overcome barriers. We’ll explore the British Council work on Language for Resilience to understand this further. Following on from this, we’ll speak to teacher and trainer Brian Lally about his work and research in Lebanon with Syrian refugees, and identify some core principles which teachers working in these challenging situations can use.

Show notes

Each episode contains downloadable show notes. These include the following:

  • Ideas for how you could use the podcast in your teaching
  • Detailed notes with extra information about the contents of the episode
  • Useful links
  • A lexical glossary of words and phrases from the episode, mapped to the CEFR 

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  • Episode 4 audio file
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This episode is produced for the British Council by Chris Sowton and Kris Dyer

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