ELT in a War-Affected Context: One Teacher’s Coping Strategies and Practical Responses in a Syrian Camp School
English language teaching in ‘difficult circumstances’ has recently attracted attention in the field. This chapter, however, endeavours to extend the concept of difficult circumstances, beyond typical contextual difficulties, to conflict-affected and war-related situations. In direct relation to ELT, it has been often the case with studies exploring post-resettlement language education of immigrants that we know little, if anything, about refugees’ current educational lives and experiences in camps and displacement. In this chapter, I throw light on the challenges and coping strategies of an English teacher in a Syrian camp school in Southern Turkey. The teacher adopts a pedagogy based on her own previous experiences, her understanding of her learners and the specific contextual constrains in which they operate.
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