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Nov8WedCommunity Family Services November 8, 2017 by Corps Ministries
Tips for Set-up
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- Try to avoid too much noise or confusing directions at the entrance. Have someone near the door to welcome and guide to appropriate place to wait. If you have a volunteer who speaks other languages,this is a good place to have them stationed.
- Some people will like being around lots of people and want to socialize. Others may be overwhelmed byall the noise. Have a quiet area for those who need to get away from the noise
- Think through the whole process to ensure it is clear and easy to navigate from one place to the next.
- Use simple English
- Speak slowly and clearly. You do not need to raise your voice to be understood.
- Check for comprehension by asking them to repeat back instructions
- Keep to one topic at a time. Don’t switch subjects too quickly. Ensure they understand at each step.
- Have Google Translate app available when you get stuck
- Use as little paperwork as possible. Keep all written English simple and clear. If possible have documents translated (online translation tools or apps are not perfect but will help)
- Be patient and keep calm. English is not their first language and it can be exhausting trying to be understood.
- If there is a challenge in communicating, it’s your job to find a way through the barrier, not theirs.
- Learn how to say “Hello” in their language.
- Smile and be warm and friendly. Non-verbal communication is important. Present yourself as a friendly person wanting to help them.
Resources for sharing the Christmas Story:
Download this page to share: Welcoming Newcomer Families at Christmas
- Some English and Arabic sample resources are available from email@example.com
- “He Lived Among Us” - illustrated story of the life of Jesus in multiple languages www.gospelcomics.com
- Christmas Mini-books – simple telling of Christmas story and symbols of Christmas christianpreschoolprintables.com/holiday-bible-printables/christmas-bible-printables/
- Colouring pages – free resources online www.activityvillage.co.uk/christmas-colouring-pages
- The Jesus film – DVD in multiple languages www.jesusfilm.org