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EFA on the road: A new direction for Forum Theatre?

Last week, Edinburgh-based Theatre of the Oppressed group Active Inquiry brought Julian Boal to Scotland to give a three-day training that brought together theatre practitioners, educators and activists from around the UK. A couple of us from EFA made the journey and are really glad we did. For those new to this, Theatre of the […]


Language barriers in healthcare

Written by EFA Teacher-Organiser Fatime Jadallah A couple of weeks ago we finished the topic of health care in one of my Brent classes (online). The theme emerged from check-ins. One of my students said that they had to go to the hospital, but struggled a lot with language. ‘Language barrier in health care’ seemed […]

Participatory Pedagogy Southwark Teachers

Talking about health in the ESOL classroom

In one of our classes recently several students spoke about health problems in the check in at the beginning of our class, so health as a topic seemed a good one to discuss. We talked about how our health is, what we do to look after our health and also about the NHS. Talking about […]


Does your council #loveESOL?

Does your council love ESOL? The local elections are less than three months away and last week EFA students from all seven EFA boroughs met in central London to plan how we can get ESOL on the agenda. We started by watching this new video to remind us why we had assembled and to celebrate […]

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WATCH: Why we need accessible ESOL for all (Migreat! 2022)

“Not speaking English…it’s like you don’t exist.” For thousands of migrants across London, finding an affordable and accessible English course is one of the major barriers standing in the way of their involvement in and contribution to their communities. But learning English? It opens doors. Migreat! is a project focused on changing narratives around migration […]

Participatory Pedagogy Teachers

‘What’s in the News?’: Informing and being informed in diverse classroom settings

Shared by EFA teacher-organiser Anne, who leads our Hackney & Tower Hamlets hubs: “What’s in the news?”  This is not an uncommon question in my classes, to check in with each other at the beginning of a session. It also quickly becomes apparent who are the news listeners and who are not. I don’t allow […]

brent Participatory Pedagogy Teachers

‘This country only cares about me when I pay bills’: Exploring work limits for international students in the ESOL classroom

Shared by EFA teacher-organiser Robin, who leads our Brent hub: In our Brent hub, we’ve been sifting through the various issues our students face in education and employment. Quite often the issues are individual and we try and support each other to make headway. An issue like “I’m unconfident in English” can be subjective; it […]

Community Organising

Problems experienced by migrants in London

In both of EFA Teacher-Organiser Adela’s Saturday classes the groups talked about problems experienced by migrants in London. In both classes the conversation was similar. They identified language barrier/lack of language as the biggest problem. They agreed that the reason why people are not studying English as much as necessary is due to a lack of time. The […]

Community Organising

Living Wage Week in Brent

On Saturday,  27 of our students (plus a huddle of husbands and a magical shoal of children) joined the first of a series of monthly community events, launching a listening campaign in Brent. Thanks to Near Neighbours and Brent Council, we were delighted to be able to finally meet each other in real life!  Our […]

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Participatory ESOL in Action: Reading the news for gist, not detail

In a recent advanced ESOL class in Hackney, led by EFA teacher Anne, the group worked together to read a Telegraph article with the goal of gleaning the ‘gist’ of its contents and being able to produce a quick, accurate summary of the story. The class aimed to pull the key message out of the […]