Marjon News

Learning across borders

Released: 20.02.17


Using the power of technology, Linguistics and Speech Science students have been teaching groups of Syrian 12-year-olds in a Jordanian refugee camp via a live link. 

Eleven students volunteered for a short preparation programme with Nick Bilborough as part of his Hands Up project, which supports youngsters living in challenging environments around the world.   

Nick, a former Marjon lecturer, trained the Linguistics students to use specialist remote-learning techniques to teach English to large groups online, using picture stories as a catalyst for webinar interaction.

Last Tuesday the students taught their first session. Despite a delay when the internet went down in the Zaatari camp, the session went very well, with a good connection, clear images and great fun being had on both sides.

This initiative offers students unique first-hand professional engagement and opportunities for reflection on their learning.

The link also brings obvious benefits to the Syrian children, who are able to improve their English and perhaps more importantly feel they are not forgotten by people in the wider world.  

For more information about studying the above courses, visit the webpages below, and register to attend an open day

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