Welcome to the Teaching Refugees with Limited Formal Schooling website. This resource is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of educators to work effectively with the sub-group of English Language Learners who face additional challenges as a result of the circumstances of their migration and their lack of opportunity for prior schooling.
This website provides access to information – publications, educational materials, exemplars from the field – that promote effective programming for students of this profile. These students require more intensive, targeted interventions and supports, many of which are already understood as best practice for ELLs. When given appropriate supports, these students can thrive and be successful.
This site has been made possible by a grant from Alberta Education to the Calgary Board of Education. Drawing upon the experience of Calgary practitioners and upon research and best practice literature from Canada and other English-speaking refugee resettlement countries, such as the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, this site serves as a central repository of information and resources for K-12 educators. Although designed for the Alberta context, these resources would be helpful to jurisdictions in other areas. They would also be of interest to other service providers, researchers and policy-makers.