These resources aim to help ESOL practitioners better meet the early integration needs of refugees who are New to ESOL i.e. working below, or at the very beginning of, Entry Level 1.  They were commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation and the Home Office, and developed by Learning and Work Institute and Learning Unlimited.

The resources developed consist of: 

  • Guidance to support practitioners with the approaches underpinning the resources, linking to the New to ESOL guidance and resources  
  • 12 units of teaching and learning materials, based around a simple dialogue in a relevant early integration scenario, each intended to support around six hours of delivery 
  • A screening tool, to help identify learners who are New to ESOL, and who may benefit from additional early integration language support 
  • Learner profiles, illustrating the early integration needs and longer-term learning and work aspirations of refugees.

Each teaching unit is based around a simple dialogue. It is recommended that teachers record their own version of these dialogues to make them relevant to learners for example by using local place names and speakers with local accents. Tips on making simple audio resources are provided in the Guidance for teachers document.

Units 7,8,9 and 11 have examples of recorded dialogue. These were made by ESOL teachers and learners. These recordings are not professionally produced, but are included here to demonstrate what can be acheived with minimal equipment such as the voice recorder app on a smartphone. 

Teacher instructing class.