Sarah Rogerson

Sarah Rogerson

Hello everybody, I work on computer based tests at Cambridge English.

Location Cambridge


  • Thanks for trying this out @DorindaContreras

  • Thanks for trying @FranciscaVerdoorenMignano

  • Merci beaucoup!

  • That's a great lesson!

  • That's a lovely idea @TanikaPoveaMora

  • Welcome @SallyAtwill Don't worry about starting late, lots of people do and the mentors will try to keep up.

  • You are right, you won't be the expert in everything and signposting will be an important part of your job.

  • I don't think it's an issue to address in the language classroom as the healing that happens in communities is very necessary. The job of the language teacher is to facilitate learning opportunities in the classroom and point to how students can have learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

  • Welcome to all the people who have joined the course this week. I look forward to reading your comments. Please ask questions to each other and the course mentors.

  • @KarenCanty There are a number of charities that support free online learning for forced migrants. Check out

  • Welcome @KarenCanty and thank you for your comments.

  • Welcome to the course @TheaRognstad

  • Welcome to the course @BevRatcliffe

  • Welcome to the course @RozhanMajed

  • @DanRWilson I love the pallet idea... so much that I probably want to be in your class!

  • @RuthWillis I think technology is really important because of the access to communication and information and so yes, we need to be supporting people with technology. Lots of companies donate hardware to charities that support refugees because it is a crucial part of society today.

  • That's a great response @KasiaWilkes , thank you for participating.

  • Thanks for sharing @RafaelPadilhaFerreira

  • @DanRWilson Thanks for sharing.

  • :)

  • What a great lesson to take away!

  • I think showing people the area is very important in order to feel 'at home' in a place. And as you say, it's a good opportunity for general chitchat.

  • I'm sure the football would create a lot of good learning opportunities!

  • As an ex-Skills for Life ESOL teacher, I agree, it's vital to have real opportunities to use the language in the classroom.

  • Great points @GuhaKumar . I think it's also important to understand why people are doing the exams, if it's for their career or immigration then working with students to pass the exams becomes crucial.

  • @LaurenceTidy Welcome to the course!

  • @beatricejacob offer volunteering opportunities if you are interested in starting to teach refugees.

  • Welcome to the course @YASMINALICATA

  • @ebrahimpatel Some really great advice, thank you.

  • Thanks again for your comment @BibianChristineBaralemwa You highlight some really important points that all teachers of forced migrants can take on board.

  • @ClaireFrancis You will see some example of trauma from other people on the course. I hope that this will help you learn more about the kind of trauma some of your potential students may go through.

  • Thank you for sharing this story and your trauma with us. I think your definition of trauma is very true and I hope you are managing to heal yourself.

  • @charlottebrown It sounds like a very intense time for you, just to say that (in my opinion) grief and trauma are very interlinked. Take care and look after yourself during this time.

  • @StephanieMojica It sounds like you are making it work for you and your students and that is fantastic.

  • That sounds like a good plan for life (as well as teaching!). Seriously, I think it's important, as you say, to have things up your sleeve for when things don't go as planned.

  • @LATEEFOLUWANIYISANUSI I'm glad you're enjoying the course. We appreciate your participation.

  • @EllaAtherton I think it's also important to have a bit of an understanding of how language is learned and there's lots of information based on this. It will then support you with creating your own lessons based on pedagogical theory... which might sound formal but doesn't need to be in practice. There will be some good information here for...

  • There are lots of resources to support learners with access to technology:
    First, the digital teacher to support you:

    Then there's just mammoth amounts of resources that you will need to curate and understand how students can use them. A good starting place might be the BBC:...

  • @LizFishwick Lots of great questions and there isn't one answer. Needs analysis in itself takes a certain level of English or translation. It is very possible and recommended to be working towards having the students co-construct the course based on their needs. There some information here on your questions:...

  • Teaching mixed level groups is fairly common and there are a few ways you can make life easier depending on your students. Clearly, you are going to have to have differentiated materials for the different levels and different expectations from different students. You could have students of the same level sitting together and working on their own learning...

  • @ChristineBarrett Interesting conundrum! I'd say that it might be something that could support the student in the first place and if it's a stepping stone that makes him/her feel comfortable then maybe allow it, if possible. You could probably also find a middle ground, could you involve the student in creating summaries in Arabic? Obviously, you would want to...

  • @DavidHinks This sounds like a really great activity... I hope it goes well.

  • As an ex-YL teacher, I completely agree! Games are good .... but also for adults.

  • @JanBroom Thank you for this very interesting comment. I'll pass it on to the IELTS team here.

  • @charlottebrown Completely understand your issue here as a well-traveled vegetarian of 30+ years. It's always difficult to turn food down!

  • That's such a lovely story :)

  • That's a really great point- thanks.

  • Thanks for the tips.

  • @OlaUrbanowska It's difficult for any language teacher because sometimes the things that students don't like to learn are the things that will take them to the next level. It's often our challenge to do this by stealth which it sounds like you were very successful at.

  • @JenniferReinhardt One size never fits all... I'm glad you wrote this comment to highlight this.

  • @Cansu-Hava(Sue)Cogur I'm glad you found this useful, it certainly encourages empathy when you put yourself in the position of somebody learning a language.

  • It's difficult and I think a lot of us don't remember how difficult it is until we do activities like this.

  • I'm glad you found this section helpful @JeanineCaughlin

  • @SOFIATSIGARA I agree with you, 'life-preserving' needs come above all others.

  • @ZelihaDalkilic Great points, check out the British Council 'Language for Resilience' report, it describes the importance of language in host countries.

  • @WilmaBrodie ... we'll get somebody to check it out. Thanks for raising this.

  • I think you will definitely learn more about the kind of support to offer people and you will already hear about lots of experiences that might support you in the work that you do.

  • Welcome to the course @JeanineCaughlin

  • Welcome @AmeenaAbukar , it's great to have you here.

  • Welcome to the course @DanRWilson , it's great to have you on board.

  • Hi
    Thanks for noticing @RogerCO(Creagh-Osborne) , that's great feedback. Yes, you are right, just go to the forward arrow and you'll see what's next in the course.

  • Welcome to the course @ElaineDew

  • And that's the point, it's incredibly difficult and potentially isolating.

  • The course you ran sounds really valuable and I'm glad you picked up on the 'name' thing.... it's no small thing and a sign of respect.