The ESL for Equality podcast brings teachers the latest developments in English language learning for refugees and immigrants. We discuss teaching and learning strategies, curriculum development, and policy that affects our learners. We speak with those driving the field forward and hear stories from refugees during their language acquisition journey.

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Listen to episode 7, a conversation on Cultural Orientation with my friend and former colleague Irene Wakarindi. This is the second episode in the Understanding Refugee Resettlement series. Irene has over 5 years experience working within refugee resettlement, specifically Cultural Orientation. She gives an overview of what exactly Cultural Orientation is, what trainers do, what topics are covered, and what could be improved.

Connect with Irene on the following platforms:
LinkedIn: Irene Wakarindi
Twitter: @wordswithnash

Listen to episode 6, an interview with my friend and new author, Melvin Otieno. Melvin recently published a comic-style book called Little Fugee that follows the story of a young, unaccompanied minor refugee who is resettled to the United States. We talk about what inspired him to create the book, what he hopes to accomplish in sharing this story, and what projects are upcoming.

Buy your own copy of Little Fugee on Amazon here. See more of Melvin’s work or get in touch with him on Instagram and Facebook by searching Melville Comics.

Listen to episode 5, the first in a series entitled Understanding Refugee Resettlement. In these episodes, we will dive into topics like vetting refugees, cultural orientation, arrival processes and more. In this episode, I discuss the latest Presidential Determination for number of refugees to be resettled in fiscal year 2021. Additionally, I give a brief overview of the history of resettlement (post WWII) and discuss how refugee resettlement has historically had bipartisan support.

Listen to Episode 4, part 2 of my conversation with my friend and colleague Sharon McCreary. Go back and listen to part 1 if you missed it! In this episode, we talk volunteer best practices, volunteers in virtual classrooms, and the incredible organization, A Little Something, that was created to assist female refugee students in accessing income and community.

Get in touch with Sharon or see some of the cool work she does here:
www.refugee-esl.org
www.refugeecrafts.org
Instagram: @alittlesomethingdenver
Twitter: @alsrefugeecraft, @cresltutors
Facebook: Colorado Refugee ESL Volunteers, A Little Something: The Denver Refugee Crafts Collective @refugeecrafts
Blogs: cresltutors.blogspot.com, refugeecrafts.blogspot.com
Email: sharon.mccreary@emilygriffith.edurefugeecrafts@gmail.comRefugeeESL

Listen to Episode 3 of the ESL for Equality podcast below. This is part 1 of a 2 part conversation with my friend and colleague Sharon McCreary where we talk all things refugee ESL, specifically using volunteers in and out of the classroom.

Get in touch with Sharon or see some of the cool work she does here:
www.refugee-esl.org
www.refugeecrafts.org
Instagram: @alittlesomethingdenver
Twitter: @alsrefugeecraft, @cresltutors
Facebook: Colorado Refugee ESL Volunteers, A Little Something: The Denver Refugee Crafts Collective @refugeecrafts
Blogs: cresltutors.blogspot.com, refugeecrafts.blogspot.com
Email: sharon.mccreary@emilygriffith.edurefugeecrafts@gmail.com

Listen to Episode 2 of the ESL for Equality podcast below. In this episode, I speak to my friend and colleague, Bikobiko Mto about his experiences as a resettled refugee and what it is like teaching English as a non-native English speaker.

Get in touch with Biko and/or see what he is up to on the following platforms:

Instagram: Mto2biko
Twitter: bikobikoM
Facebook: Bikobiko Mto

Listen to Episode 1 of the ESL for Equality podcast below. This episode gives and introduction to the topics and content I will be discussing in the coming episodes.

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