Students explore the significance of their own and others'
life journeys. Students appreciate the differences and similarities
between migrants' and refugees' journeys.
In this lesson students work together to identify obstacles
faced by migrants and refugees when arriving in their new
country. In discussion they will link their own experiences
to journeys of other students. Using prior knowledge and
that gained from this lesson, students will construct their
own extensions to a migrant/refugee story. This may be sensitive
ground for some students. These students may be reluctant
to talk about their own experiences but may join in the
more general discussions.
These activities are intended for use with intermediate
to advanced level ESL students in an intensive English centre
but may be adapted to suit any class.
Worksheets to download
Seekers, Refugees and Migrants (PDF)
Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants
1. In small groups or pairs, ask students to share with
one another their personal journeys, feelings and experiences
of coming to a new country.
2. As a class, read Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants
Who is an asylum seeker?
Who is a refugee?
Who is a migrant?
Who is an illegal immigrant?
3. (i) As a class, discuss reasons migrants and refugees
come to Australia. Distribute copies of Student Journeys.
Label separate roads with reasons.
(ii) Discuss challenges/issues faced by both groups when
they come to Australia. Label common road with challenges/issues.
(iii) As a class discuss hopes and aspirations of migrants
and refugees for the future. Record them on the map of Australia.
Download the five interviews. Divide the class into groups
of three. Copy sufficient interviews for one for each group.
(Some interviews may be duplicated.)
Ask each group to read their interview and work together
to come up with an appropriate continuation of the interviewed
student's journey. This may be based on the hopes and aspirations
of the interviewed student or on another possible scenario
suggested by the group.
Conference with the teacher, edit and publish the 'new'
Friends and Peers
Feelings About Myself
ESL Activities 3: Cultural
Activities 4: Different
Activities 5: Iceberg
Activities 6: Pride
Activities 7: What
Activities 8: Who
ESL Activities 10: Our
Paths to Australia
ESL Activities 11: A
Mixed Bag of Apples
Activities 12: Victims
Acknowledgements to year 11 ESL students of Beverly Hills
Girls’ High School for the interviews, and to the
students of Beverly Hills I.E.C. who told their stories.
Activities developed by teachers at Beverly Hills Intensive
English Centre, NSW
Date: 29 October 2004