Reply To: Module 4 – Migration and Refugees

Caroline Walsh

Our local Adult Education Service provides language support to eligible adults for whom English is not their first language. These courses are available to people with refugee status, asylum seekers and migrant workers.

I would discuss with the children that some refugees may not speak our language and we may not speak their language so how will we communicate? It will be interesting to see the ideas the creative ideas the children have with this. It could lead to a exploration of language phrases that we could learn to help with this or what language phrases would be helpful in a school situation and create a ‘school phrase book’ with different languages.

We could make an audio book with help from volunteers who natively speak each phrase and have other classes learn the phrases also.

We could brainstorm what local area information would be important to someone new to the area and create a help guide with bus stop locations, bus times, shop locations, shop opening hours, doctors location and phone number, playground location, things to do etc.

I think holding a poster competition in the class with the title ‘(Placename Welcomes Everyone’ might be a nice idea. We could send some of these to the local newspaper with permission to see if they could get published.

The children would also come up with some really good ideas too of how to make people new to the area welcome.

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