“Unheard voices, unseen communities: Perspectives on Polish ethnicity in Scotland” workshop

October 23, 2017

This workshop, organised by the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Centre for History, aimed to explore issues surrounding the past, present and future of “Polishness” and Polish people in Scotland. It brought together academics, politicians and activists, a year after the UK referendum on Brexit.

One of the invited speakers was Dr Jaroslaw Kriukow, who spoke of the need to obtain systematised knowledge of current pedagogical practice in Scottish TESOL providing institutions. He argued that the dominance of ‘traditional’ approaches to teaching English in migrant English language instruction may hinder the development of self-esteem, which is detrimental to the Scottish Government’s goal of attracting and retaining Polish migrants in the country.

In the following blog post, Dr David Worthington who organised this event reflects on the workshop: