OUCEA Symposium: Technology and the Language Barrier in Education: From Lebanon to the UK

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

On Friday, 8th December 2017, Dr Yasmine El Masri hosted a symposium on Technology and the Language Barrier in Education: From Lebanon to the UK at St Cross College, Oxford. The daylong event was born out of the project Using Technology in Science Tasks: Reducing Language Barriers for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, funded by the ESRC under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

OUCEA’s Director Dr Therese N. Hopfenbeck welcomed delegates, speakers and panel members from different universities, NGOs, city councils, exam boards. Speakers included Ms Muriel Albina (Lebanese Alternative Learning NGO, Lebanon), Ms Massa Mufti (Sonbola NGO, Lebanon), Prof Pauline Rea-Dickins (OUCEA), Dr Niall Winters (Department of Education, University of Oxford), Dr Maha Shuayb (Centre for Lebanese Studies) and Prof Agnes Kukulska-Hulme (Open University).

The event concluded with a panel discussion that focused on the implications for teaching and assessment of migrants in the UK. Panel members included Dr Jess Briggs (Department of Education, University of Oxford), Mr Ezekiel Sweiry (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, AQA), Mr Mike Solly (British Council), Dr Oksana Afitska (Lancaster University) and Ms Jenny Smith (Sheffield City Council).

To view the full symposium programme click here.

Dr Yasmine El Masri 

St Cross College, Oxford

Symposium participants in session

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