New Scots in Aberdeenshire to benefit from online lessons

Aberdeenshire Council’s Community Learning and Development team has taken its English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) lessons online in a bid to continue to engage with the many Syrian New Scots and ESOL learners who now live across Aberdeenshire

Thursday, 9th April 2020, 9:23 am
Updated Thursday, 9th April 2020, 9:26 am
The online sessions have been really well-received so far

They have trained 52 members of staff, at speed, to use Google Meet and are planning to introduce Google Classroom as another means to support online digital learning.

For parents and carers of children and young people who speak English as an additional language, the Council’ Wellbeing Equity and Inclusion team has also put together a suite of resources to support home-learning for these pupils.

Community Learning and Development Worker, Steven Maclennan explained: “In Google Meet we are able to present to learners using PowerPoint or Google Slides and complete exercises and teach to groups as well as individuals there.

“The online sessions have been really well-received so far and we’re hoping to continue in this way, perhaps even beyond lockdown as it so easily accessible.

“While we recommend users having a webcam and headset, all that’s really required is a laptop, tablet or smartphone to take part.”

Cllr Gillian Owen, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee commented: “It’s just brilliant to see the innovative ways teams are finding to continue to provide important services to communities across Aberdeenshire.

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