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Sharing Lives, Sharing Languages: 

Peer Education for refugees learning English 


Background and Context

This pilot model has been developed in response to the Resettlement Programme which welcomes Syrian refugees to Scotland.  The peer education model seeks to complement the current local authority ESOL provision to support their English learning needs.  It is aimed at increasing the social connections and opportunities recently arrived refugees[1] have to practise their English outside the classroom.

[1] In this document, the term ‘refugee’ refers to anyone who  has been granted International Protection by the Home Office (International Protection includes Refugees and people with Humanitarian Protection)

Information and an application form 

PDA Introduction to Teaching ESOL

West College Scotland, Clydebank Campus will run the PDA Introduction to ESOL Tutoring between 10th January and 13th June 2017. If anyone is interested in doing this course they can get more information and submit an application by following this link:


ESOL Strategy Learner Voice Working Group – Survey

As you may know the focus of the refreshed ESOL strategy is very much about the learner and taking the learner as our starting point to improving and building on our ESOL delivery. As part of the implementation of the strategy, the Learner Voice Working Group are taking forward some actions and are now looking for your help with this. Please see the message below and spend a few minutes completing the survey:

We are contacting you on behalf of the Learner Voice Working Group as part of the implementation strategy for Welcoming Our Learners – Scotland’s Adult ESOL Strategy 2015 -2020

This short survey aims to gather information on current practice of how we listen and respond to learner voice.

The survey should take around 5 minutes and is available through this link:


The survey will close on Monday 14th November

We appreciate your time and would be delighted if you could forward this to any other ESOL colleagues who might be happy to contribute.

The Learner Voice Working Group is co-chaired by Carol Butters from Edinburgh College and Michaela Ditrichova Vice President Glasgow Clyde Student Association.   Feel free to contact us if you would like further information.