How would you feel about moving?
What would you take?
What would you leave behind?
Who would you miss?
What activities would you miss?
How would you feel about learning the language?
Do you think other people would speak English?
What if no one spoke English – how would you communicate?
Do you think you would be able to make friends?
How would you feel if people laughed at you when you tried to speak their language?
How would you feel about your work?
How would you understand the lessons?
How would you feel if you couldn’t write the alphabet/characters?
Which lessons do you think you would understand more easily?
What things could your class and teacher do to help you learn?
In groups, the children could give a short oral presentation of their answers to these questions, and together come up with a plan for new arrivals in their own classroom.
Plenary: feed back the information from the groups.
Progress the thinking: “Using your understanding of how someone may feel about arriving in a new place and not being able to speak the language – can you think of actual things we can do in our class or school to help our new classmate settle in?”
Put together an action plan as a class, with up to five concrete ways in which they can help.
This article follows the techniques in ‘A recipe for a successful start for new arrivals in school’.