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Exploring ESOL teachers’ perspectives on the language learning experiences, challenges, and motivations of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

Chamorro, Gloria, Garrido-Hornos, María del Carmen, Vázquez-Amador, María (2021) Exploring ESOL teachers’ perspectives on the language learning experiences, challenges, and motivations of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, . ISSN 0019-042X. (doi:doi.org/10.1515/iral-2020-0155) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:87937)

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore the perspectives of ESOL teachers on the language learning experiences, challenges, and motivations that refugees and asylum seekers have when they learn the language of the host country. This information was collected using an online questionnaire, which was completed by 72 teachers from different institutions throughout the UK teaching English to refugees and asylum seekers. The results revealed teachers’ perspectives on the main language learning challenges (e.g. lack of first language literacy) and motivations (e.g. accessing education/jobs) experienced by these learners, as well as the main challenges faced (e.g. lack of equipment) and techniques used (e.g. tailored materials/methods) by our respondents. The present paper presents these findings and any correlations found between the teachers’ responses and their background or their students’ profile, and discusses some implications for language teachers, teacher educators, and policy makers to support refugee students’ language learning more successfully.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: doi.org/10.1515/iral-2020-0155
Uncontrolled keywords: refugees and asylum seekers; language learning; motivation; ESOL; teachers’ perspectives
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Gloria Chamorro
Date Deposited: 06 May 2021 07:52 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 15:52 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/87937 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Chamorro, Gloria: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5090-1478
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