Teaching ideas

Lesson 2: Resettled refugees

Learning outcome

Participants will develop greater empathy for refugees who resettle in Australia.

Lesson resources

Step 1. Brainstorming

Ask students to make a list of the challenges that people might face during resettlement in a new country.

Step 2. Interviews

Divide students into groups. Give each group of students one of the following sections of to explore:

  • Roads to Refuge » Refugee settlement » Settlement in Australia
    • What people say
    • Our experiences
    • Digital video clips
  • Roads to Refuge » Refugee settlement » Challenges
    • What people say
    • Our experiences
    • Digital video clips
  • Roads to Refuge » Refugee settlement » Refugee contributions
    • What people say
    • Our experiences
    • Digital video clips

Ask one member from each group to act as the journalist.? Other group members could act as refugees or refugee advocates.

Each group take turns in staging a ‘Talk show’ or ‘Radio show’ in which they conduct interviews examining the (positive and challenging) experiences of people from refugee backgrounds in Australia.

Topics to discuss include: what happened to the person, why it happened, how it happened, (funny, challenging or difficult) things that may have happened on arrival, experiences of settlement, life in Australia.

Step 3. Review

After each group has completed the interview, ask all students to:

  • Summarise the strengths, skills and knowledge that refugee people bring to a new community.
  • Highlight the way that challenges of settlement can be overcome.