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Yorkshire and Humberside
07 October 2021  -  07 October 2021

ESOL and The Arts


Sharing practice, ideas and questions about connections between the arts and ESOL.

Presented online via Zoom as part of Platforma 6 and with Refugee Week as a #MonthlyMeet

Free booking via Eventbrite

ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) is one of the most important resources for newly arrived people.

This session, one of our regular Refugee Week & Platforma #MonthlyMeets, will explore the role the arts can play in ESOL tuition and consider how these approaches might be shared and developed.

It is aimed at teachers, arts practitioners, charities running ESOL programmes and anyone with an interest in this subject.


Groundwork London and visual artist and educator Dima Karout, talking about the ESOL Plus Arts project, developed in partnership with Counterpoints Arts. The project engaged with 70 English learners and 12 volunteers. Participants joined remotely from across London. Throughout the project art was embedded into the English classes and provided participants with the opportunity and time to express themselves differently and improve their vocabulary and english conversation skills.

Compass Collective, a theatre company who have added regular ESOL sessions to their online workshops with young asylum seekers. Compass Collective is a non-profit theatre company working with people seeking sanctuary. They deliver theatre projects, arts-based professional development programmes, and one-off drama workshops.

Domenica Pecoraro will present Peace Together, a project she led with artist Anna Ray based around drawing, stitch and ESOL undertaken with Syrian families in Kent. Participants had the opportunity to make drawings at home and/or stitch the imagery of others. This gave them time to reflect and broiught a sense of togetherness, as they contributed to a collective artwork. Domenica is the Kent Refugee Project Officer for the Diocese of Canterbury. Anna Ray is a visual artist known for her innovative work with textiles. This year she was awarded the Brookfield Properties Crafts Council Collection Award 2021.

There will also be a chance to attendees to share their own experiences and to ask questions.

Image:a collection of art pieces created by the participants during the ESOL plus ARTS sessions led by Dima Karout with Groundwork London.


Refugee Week & Platforma Monthly Meets are free, friendly online meet-ups on the first Thursday of every month, for people interested in arts, culture and social change to share learning and expand their networks.