Reflections from an ESOL tutor. A guest blog post from Mercedes Richardson.

The role of a teacher during the Covid pandemic

I have been working with young unaccompanied minors for around 10 years in my capacity as an ESOL lecturer on the 16+ programme at the Anniesland campus of Glasgow Clyde College. Since I’ve been involved with this particular group of young learners there have been a lot of changes; both worldwide and closer to home, in terms of world politics, global issues, Brexit, advancements in technology, changing social norms and a shift in the college ethos and management. Despite the changes, a lot has remained the same too, such as the basic role of a teacher: to help, support and educate all the students that present in front of them in the classroom regardless of educational background, aptitude, gender, religion, nationality or personal ideologies. I felt that my role as an ESOL teacher hadn’t changed despite outside influences that is until Covid….. 

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