The Our Languages website presents a series of printable teaching materials for ESOL teachers wanting to explore the theme of languages, and how they operate in society.
The materials are organised into four sections: Our Selves, Our Homes, Our Classrooms and Our Communities. Each of these sections has two tools, with follow on activities and two or three texts plus activities. The tools generate discussion among students on the topic and can also result in student generated texts for future work.
Our Languages is a joint project between King’s College London’s Centre for Language and Communication and English for Action, a charity that provides action-orientated ESOL courses with community partners across London.
The project draws on two major areas of study. Firstly, participatory pedagogy, an approach inspired by Brazilian educator Paulo Freire that builds a critical understanding of the world and supports students to take action for social justice. Secondly, sociolinguistics, the study of how language interacts with society, and in particular the sociolinguistics of migration.
Access the Our Languages website and materials