Addressing Language Needs

Experts by Experience: Mohammed's 5 tips for learning English quickly

Learn from Mohammed (in English and Arabic), who was resettled to the UK in 2019, about how he became fluent in English in one year
Mohammed’s Experience Mohammed attended school in Syria until year 11 when he and his family members were displaced to Egypt due to the war. In sch

ESOL in Scotland

Find out what support is available for adults arriving in Scotland to support them in learning English
There is a strong framework of practice, legislation and policy to support ESOL provision for refugees in Scotland. Education is a devolved matter, En

Creating Informal English Learning Opportunities

Resources and tips to help with language learning outside of the classroom.
As refugee families are learning formal ESOL in the classroom, you can play a vital role by encouraging them to make use of all the great ways they ca

Covid-19 and ESOL

Resources to help refugees continue learning English during the Covid-19 pandemic
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, many ESOL classes have transferred to online platforms or been put on hold. Even as some ESOL classe

ESOL Briefing for Community Sponsorship Groups

A detailed document to help your Group create the ESOL strategy that works best for your context
*During the Covid-19 outbreak, ESOL classes may not be going ahead in classrooms.  Speak to local providers for what they are doing* This down

Supporting non-Arabic speaking refugees

Learn how to approach working with refugees who don't speak Arabic
At the time of writing this, resettlement has not restarted, however with each day we are closer to that and therefore closer to the start of the new

Interpreting options

Guidance on the different types of interpreters how you can access and work with them effectively.
There are various different ways you can work with interpreters. You could work with paid, volunteer or bilingual volunteers (who work with the f

Developing Literacy with Refugees

A guide to supporting refugees with a lack of basic literacy skills.
As part of your application, you will have thought through the educational support that you will be offering to a resettled family.  For children

Good practice when working with interpreters

Guidance on how to work with interpreters effectively.
For guidance on the key concerns when working with interpreters read this document. It is designed to help you understand the role of interpreter

Briefing and debriefing interpreters

It's worth planning how you'll be working with interpreters for appointments. Providing an opportunity for briefing and debriefing will be really helpful.
Preparing interpreters for the likely content of an appointment will help them do their job to the best of their ability. It can help them prepare for