Using the Covid-19 App and Accessing Covid-19 Information in Different Languages.
I've been back to face-to-face teaching with my ESOL students for nearly 2 weeks now. It has been really fun, although slightly strange with all the social-distancing and Covid-19 rules.
One of the challenges my students have faced is accessing updated Covid-19 information in their own languages (particularly if they have low level English). They have also been unsure what to do if they, a family member or someone they live with has Covid-19 symptoms or what the rules are for self-isolating.
So I made several enquiries on Twitter and Facebook to other ESOL teachers and refugee organizations and was sent these very useful links in response:
I have made some basic posters for my learners here:
The second poster also has information in Bengali, Chinese, Polish, Romanian, Urdu, Turkish, Somali, Guajarati and Punjabi.
I also spent a useful 10 minutes with my Entry 1 class showing them how to scan using the NHS Covid-19 Track and Trace App. The building where I currently teach has a QR code on the front door and at the school entrance. My students really enjoyed holding up their phones to the codes and watching them "check in". I think its so important for students to know how to scan, as they may be asked to do so when going into any shops, cafes or restaurants. Last weekend I was refused service in Costa and other shops until I had scanned the QR Code or left my details on the Track and Trace. I would hate for students to miss out, because they are not aware of how to do track and tracing.
Do you know any other useful websites and links? Leave them in the comments box below.
Have you gone back to face-to-face teaching? How are you finding it?