Title: Trauma-Informed ESOL for Refugees
Date: Thursday 28 October 2021
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Presenters: Aleks Palanac
Cost: NATECLA members £5, non-members £25
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Although not usually trained therapists, ESOL teachers of refugee-background students often find themselves dealing with the fallout of trauma and being ‘drawn into increasingly psychosocial roles’ (Costa, 2018:19). This can pose a real challenge to teachers uncertain as to whether it is better in this situation to continue to employ their existing pedagogies, or to attempt to tackle the issue of trauma in the classroom head on, thereby running the risk of trespassing into the domain of the therapist, which might result in further harm being caused.
This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore how ESOL tutors might safely bring about the psycho-social conditions in which the effects of trauma in refugee-background students might be mitigated, and how strategies might be put in place to start to support students to not only recover, but also potentially to begin to thrive and grow – a phenomenon referred to as post-traumatic growth.
The workshop draws upon the article 'Towards a Trauma-Informed ELT Pedagogy for Refugees', which can be accessed here:
NB this webinar was originally posted on here with the working title "Refugees and Asylum Seekers - Trauma in the ESOL Classroom"
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