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Welcome to our training page, and congratulations on continuing your development journey. Here, we list ESOL teacher Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities, webinars and forums, volunteer training, and training for organisations. Included in the list are national and regional training opportunities as well as online provision. Are you a training provider with a provision that would benefit our readers? Please get in touch via our contact form for consideration on our list. We hope that you will find a training opportunity to meet your teaching needs. Don’t see what you need? Let us know if there’s something you would like us to include.
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July 2024

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    The naked teacher – working without pre-planned materials

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    Time: 4.30pm-6.00pm (BST) Cost: £20 This interactive webinar explores resourceless teaching in a TELLs context. Aside from taking up so much planning time, pre-prepared materials and resources can often have the effect of closing down or narrowing learners’ participation and agency in how and what they learn. How can a more ‘naked’ approach address some of these challenges? The webinar will also look at the influential ‘Dogme’ approach – borrowed from cinema, and applied to language teaching.
    Go to link Learning Unlimited
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    Safeguarding Training, Leading on Child and Adult.

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    Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm An interesting and informative training course for designated safeguarding officers, their alternates and all who lead on child safeguarding and adult safeguarding within their work setting and valid for three years. This course comprises two of SAFEcic’s high quality online training courses (list price £29.99 each if bought separately); – Leading on Child Safeguarding – Leading on Adult Safeguarding to be completed prior to; a live bespoke 1 hour 30 minute video training session with one of our Safeguarding experts.
    Go to link SAFEcic
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    Healing Spaces Training

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    Additional Date: 09 July 2024

    This training is designed to assist community organisations, charities and others supporting refugee children and youth in the UK.
    Go to link International Rescue Committee

June 2024

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    Teaching English to Refugees and Displaced Learners

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    Make your classroom a trauma-sensitive learning environment. Help your learners to shine by working creatively with limited resources and by managing challenging behaviour positively. Access the free online content from 21st June.
    Go to link British Council
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    Research into ESOL Beginner Literacy

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    Time: 16:00 – 17.30 Place: Online via Teams. The ESOL Research Community are pleased to host two talks where the presenters will share their research on ESOL Beginner literacy. The talks are: College Cracking the code – A study in adult ESOL literacy, Charlotte Godwin – Leeds City An exploratory case study of literacy issues for beginners adult ESOL learners in Wales, Lucie Gegg – Cardiff and Vale College.
    Go to link 13Jun 24
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    Integrating phonics in ESOL literacy teaching

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    Time: 4.30pm – 6.00pm (BST) Cost: £20 This webinar will explore the fundamentals of phonics and its role in teaching pronunciation. Discover the most effective methods for incorporating phonics into teaching ESOL literacy learners. Analysis of various phonics approaches, weighing their pros and cons, and how phonics aids learners in decoding and spelling new words. Gain valuable ideas and strategies to seamlessly integrate phonics into your teaching repertoire
    Go to link Learning Unlimited

May 2024

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    Mixed levels and ESOL/EFL contexts

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    Additional Dates: 07 June 2024 | 21 June 2024

    These interactive courses will offer you the opportunity to engage with and discuss key ideas and practical approaches in relation to some of the current challenges ESOL practitioners face. You’ll also have the opportunity to try out approaches and techniques in your own practice and feedback with colleagues and course tutors.
    Go to link Learning Unlimited
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    Trauma Informed Practice

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    Additional Dates: 06 June 2024 | 20 June 2024

    These interactive courses will offer you the opportunity to engage with and discuss key ideas and practical approaches in relation to some of the current challenges ESOL practitioners face. You’ll also have the opportunity to try out approaches and techniques in your own practice and feedback with colleagues and course tutors.
    Go to link Learning Unlimited
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    IOM Cultural Awareness Sessions

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    Additional Dates: 23 May 2024 | 30 May 2024 | 02 July 2024 | 03 July 2024

    Kirklees Welcomes has confirmed May-July dates for IOM Cultural Awareness Sessions. Includes Afghanistan, Kurdistan and Sudan. Please feel free to sign up to as many sessions as you’d like.
    Go to link Kirklees Welcomes
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    Community of Practice Theme 1 – Job coaching and employer engagement

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    By attending this session, you will hear about models and approaches from the sector.
    Go to link ETF
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    Literacy for ESOL Learners

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    Additional Dates: 31 May 2024 | 14 June 2024

    These interactive courses will offer you the opportunity to engage with and discuss key ideas and practical approaches in relation to some of the current challenges ESOL practitioners face. You’ll also have the opportunity to try out approaches and techniques in your own practice and feedback with colleagues and course tutors.
    Go to link Learning Unlimited
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    UK ESOL Managers Network’s

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    Free TIME: 14:00 – 15:30 This Forum is open to ESOL managers located throughout the UK. The theme is “Professional Development and Cooperation”
    Go to link NATECLA
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    Standard Child and Adult Safeguarding.

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    Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm The Programme will cover; Welcome and introductions, Quick fire safeguarding quiz, Relevant regulatory requirements including OFSTED, CQC and the Charity Commission, Safeguarding competence and safer working practices, Bespoke case scenarios linking to the organisation’s safeguarding policy and procedures and Questions
    Go to link SAFEcic
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    Teaching ESOL Literacy Learners: Challenges and Opportunities

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    Time: 4.30pm-6.00pm (BST) Cost: £20 This webinar will delve into the challenges and rewards of teaching low-level ESOL Literacy learners, who often possess minimal Roman alphabet literacy skills. Explore why this teaching context presents significant professional challenges yet offers immense rewards. Discover how this unique context can serve as an opportunity to enhance your ESOL practice across all levels. Engage in reflective discussions on your teaching practice and participate in a short Q&A session to address any queries.
    Go to link Learning Unlimited
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    NATESOL ESOL CONFERENCE

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    Free 10am-3.30pm UK time. Join the our annual conference to celebrate the 40th anniversary of NATESOL! The plenary speakers Dr Melanie Cooke and Mike Beaumont will introduce this year’s theme of classroom research and practice.
    Go to link NATESOL
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    Phonics for ESOL

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    Additional Dates: 30 May 2024 | 27 June 2024

    These interactive courses will offer you the opportunity to engage with and discuss key ideas and practical approaches in relation to some of the current challenges ESOL practitioners face. You’ll also have the opportunity to try out approaches and techniques in your own practice and feedback with colleagues and course tutors.
    Go to link Learning Unlimited
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    A Toolkit – Effective Inclusive Support Strategies for Tutors and Support Staff

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    We will share our approaches and toolkit which ensure that our learners with learning difficulties, differences or inclusion needs have their needs met and can achieve their aspirations.
    Go to link ETF
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    Researching Wellbeing in Language Education

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    The purpose of this presentation is to review the frameworks for understanding wellbeing in language education research. Furthermore, the results of a recent study that explored language learner wellbeing will be presented.
    Go to link Reading University

April 2024

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    Training Series: Immigration law for migrant victims of domestic abuse

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    Additional Date: 15 May 2024

    A series of three training courses about immigration law for migrant victims of domestic abuse. The Courses are free and will be delivered online via Zoom by one of the immigration lawyers. Attending all three courses is not necessary; however, we encourage participation in all sessions for maximum benefit. June Date TBC
    Go to link Rights of Women
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    ESOL Research Community event: ESOL practitioners as researchers

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    Online at 4:00 – 5.30pm NATECLA are pleased to host three talks where the presenters will share their research journeys: what inspires them, how they overcome challenges and what they have learnt as ESOL practitioners engaging in research. Each talk will last 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions, then the final 30 minutes will be for more general discussions on the issues raised by the presenters.
    Go to link NATECLA
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    Leading on Child and Adult Safeguarding

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    Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm An interesting and informative training course for designated safeguarding officers, their alternates and all who lead on child safeguarding and adult safeguarding within their work setting and valid for three years. This course comprises two of SAFEcic’s high quality online training courses (list price £29.99 each if bought separately); – Leading on Child Safeguarding – Leading on Adult Safeguarding to be completed prior to; a live bespoke 1 hour 30 minute video training session with one of our Safeguarding experts.
    Go to link SAFEcic
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    NATECLA Scotland – TESOL Training Toolkit Series – Self Expression: How to engage in conversation

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    Additional Dates: 24 August 2024 | 30 November 2024

    Online 10:00 to 12:00. In this session we will explore ways to support speaking skills. We will explore the use of different strategies to develop students’ confidence and enable them to talk about what matters to them and allows the students’ voice to be heard. We will look at ways of differentiating activities for mixed ability classes and explore the teaching skills we need to get the best out of our learners. We will have a special focus on activities that are appropriate to students everyday life and seamlessly link with other skills so that learning is cohesive and holistic in its approach. £10 (NATECLA members), £20 (non-members), £5 (volunteers and unwaged people)
    Find out more 2 OtherDates Available
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    25 Apr 24
    Teaching English Functional Skills (L5 module)

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    All Dates: 18 April 2024 | 25 April 2024 | 02 May 2024 | 09 May 2024 | 16 May 2024 | 23 May 2024 | 06 June 2024 | 13 June 2024 | 20 June 2024 | 27 June 2024 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    This Level 5 CPD course supports practitioners working with Functional Skills English learners. You will explore and experience how to engage and motivate learners and undertake assessment to build on their prior learning.
    Go to link ETF
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    Practical techniques for teaching ESOL literacy learners

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    Time: 4.30pm-6.00pm (BST) Cost – £20 This webinar will delve into effective strategies for teaching emergent readers, mastering handwriting, and fostering independent writing skills. Explore a range of activities tailored to develop literacy sub-skills and boost learners’ confidence. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your teaching toolkit!
    Go to link Learning Unlimited
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    24 Apr 24
    Teaching ESOL in the Post-16 Sector: Develop your practice (L5 module)

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    All Dates: 17 April 2024 | 24 April 2024 | 01 May 2024 | 08 May 2024 | 15 May 2024 | 22 May 2024 | 05 June 2024 | 12 June 2024 | 19 June 2024 | 26 June 2024 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    This course is designed to support participants to become more confident in: -analysing the English Language needs of their ESOL learners -planning teaching and learning activities to help learners develop their language awareness and the four English language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
    Go to link ETF
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    22 Apr 24
    Teaching GCSE English: Develop your practice (Level 5 Module)

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    All Dates: 15 April 2024 | 22 April 2024 | 29 April 2024 | 07 May 2024 | 13 May 2024 | 20 May 2024 | 03 June 2024 | 10 June 2024 | 17 June 2024 | 24 June 2024 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    This Level 5 CPD course supports practitioners working with GCSE English learners, especially those who have achieved lower than a grade 4 at school.
    Go to link ETF
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    IATEFL ESOL SIG PCE Day

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    IATEFL SIG Special Interest Groups for ESO, including a range of workshops and talks.
    Go to link IATEFL
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    Knowledge is Power Online Workshop

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    Our Knowledge is Power workshop is designed to help you to get to grips with the basics of the asylum system and our Toolkit.
    Go to link Right to Remain
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    Conversation club training for volunteers

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    Additional Dates: 22 May 2024 | 05 June 2024 | 12 June 2024 | 19 June 2024

    Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm Free This free interactive course will offer you the opportunity explore all aspects of setting up and running conversation clubs for ESOL learners. You may not be a volunteer yourself but if you are involved in running or delivering conversation clubs, this course may be of interest to you. The training is open to all but priority will be given to those who live or work in the South East of England.
    Go to link Learning Unlimited
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    Think of Others: ELT for Palestine

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    The programme of talks covers a range of topics including teaching in contexts of conflict and crisis, neurodiversity in ELT, teacher training and CPD, business English, trauma-informed ELT and using drama and metaphors in the classroom. Tickets cost £20
    Go to link ELT

March 2024

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    Online forum: ‘It’s all CLD to me!’, with Vikki Carpenter, CLD Standards Council Scotland

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    Free online training. 7 – 8 pm. Come along and join this informal information session about the CLD Standards Council. During this session we will give an overview of The CLD Standards Council​, who we are and what we do. We will explore who are CLD, specifically focusing on Community Based ESOL, investigate the CLD competencies, values and ethics, and how they can impact ESOL delivery and practice, and discuss how the CLD Standards Council can offer support to ESOL practitioners with networking, professional learning and support raising the profile and impact of ESOL across the policy landscape.
    Go to link NATECLA Scotland
  • Le logo 21 Mar 24
    State of Hate 2024: Insights for the migration sector.

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    Drawing on fresh polling and new insights into far right tactics, we will discuss how anti-migrant activism has evolved over the last year, what we expect from anti-migrant activity in the lead up to a General Election, and how organisations in the sector can prepare themselves.
    Go to link Hope Not Hate
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    State of Hate 2024: Insights for communities.  

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    Drawing on fresh polling and new insights into far right tactics, we will be discussing the main issues currently affecting communities in the UK, what this means for organisations and individuals working within them, and how we expect this to play out as we head towards a General Election.
    Go to link Hope No Hate
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    NATECLA Webinar – Difficult topics

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    This webinar will focus on creating a safe space for open communication within the ESOL classroom. Topics such as consent, harassment, boundaries, race, culture, sexual orientation, and other challenging topics can arise spontaneously in class discussions. How we guide these discussions as teachers within the safe space of our classrooms can influence how beneficial the conversations are to our learning outcomes, the impact they have on the dynamics of the class
    Go to link NATECLA
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    NATECLA Webinar – Encouraging collaboration through shared digibooks

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    This webinar focuses on using Digital Slideshows (e.g. Google Slides /Microsoft PowerPoint) interactively in the ESOL classroom. It covers setting up a shared class document called a digibook. We will explore advanced interactive features, and multimedia integration. Emphasis is on real-time language input, collaboration and feedback using mobile phones or tablets.
    Find out more 01Mar 24

February 2024

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    20 Apr 24
    NATECLA Scotland – TESOL Training Toolkit Series

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    All Dates: 24 February 2024 | 20 April 2024 | 24 August 2024 | 30 November 2024 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    This webinar will be looking at what dyslexia is, how it might affect our learners and what we can do to make our classes more dyslexia friendly. It will start by looking at some of the theory behind what dyslexia is and its impact on both our learners and our classes, especially in terms of foreign language learning. Then look at some strategies and techniques that can be incorporated into your lesson planning and teaching to help ensure your classes are suitable for all your learners. There will be an opportunity to try out some of these strategies and techniques as well as sharing examples from your own practice.
    Find out more More Dates
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    NATECLA Webinar – ESOL Maths

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    This webinar will cover: -A brief overview of the challenges of a typical ESOL maths class. – A focus on practical activities to improve understanding maths language, maths concepts and differentiation with mixed language and maths level learners.
    Find out more 16Feb 24
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    NATECLA Webinar – AI for ESOL

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    This webinar will be a whistle stop tour of AI, its benefits, challenges and most importantly how we can use it to ease our workload and enhance teaching and learning. It will: – Discuss the benefits and challenges of using AI in education – Discover how to communicate effectively with AI (ChatGPT/Claude etc) to support teaching and learning in ESOL – Use prompts to help you save time with planning and teaching
    Find out more 01Feb 24

January 2024

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    LESLLA

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    Additional Date: 10 March 2024

    The EU Speak Board is please to announce a six-week professional development module (course) for those who work with migrant adults.
    Find out more 6 Week Course
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    Community Engagement: Reaction and Resilience Building

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    Join HOPE not hate for a webinar exploring the importance of engaging with communities as both a preventative and reactive way of mitigating the effects of far-right agitation. Anki Deo, Community Response Coordinator for HOPE not hate, will be joined by panellists discussing their experiences of community engagement and sharing best practice. You can read HOPE not hate’s new resource on community engagement by visiting https://hopenothate.org.uk/communities/community-resources.
    Find out more 24Jan 24

December 2023

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     Supporting Pre-Entry Learners with Speaking and Listening

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    In this interactive session, we will look at how to encourage and develop speaking and listening skills with beginner learners who have no or very little literacy in any language. What are the challenges – for the learners as well as the teachers? What about fluency v. accuracy? What resources would be useful? You will have an opportunity to discuss your experiences of working with learners at this level, and go away with some new ideas and tips.
    Find out more 11Dec 23

November 2023

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    NATECLA Scotland: FREE Online Forums

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    Free monthly online gatherings of ESOL practitioners in Scotland to share good practice and discuss all things ESOL
    Find out more 30Nov 23
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    IATEFL ESOLSIG Online

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    There will be a range of talks, focusing on the use of ICT in both general ELT and ESOL, so there should be something for everyone! We are very excited to welcome Nik Peachey and Dr Georgios P. Georgiou as our plenary speakers. I have attached the full programme to this email.
    Find out more 25Nov 23
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    NATECLA East of England: FREE Online Forums

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    Free monthly online gatherings of ESOL practitioners in the East of English to share good practice and discuss all things ESOL
    Find out more 24Nov 23
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    Kirklees Welcome

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    IOM UK Kurdish Information Session This session’s content will cover the geography, history, and society amongst the Kurdish community spread across Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. The session will discuss experiences that Kurdish communities may face in different conflicts in the different countries where they live. It will also discuss the experiences Kurds may face in displacement within and outside their countries of origin. Finally, this session will focus on the cultural norms and experiences with services that may be common in the Kurdish community across Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. This session will be participatory and rely heavily on participant engagement through case studies and discussion, therefore we highly encourage participants to come prepared to have their cameras on during the session.
    Find out more 22Nov 23
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    York St John University

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    Interested in teaching English as a foreign language? If you would like to teach overseas or with learners in the UK, find out about taking the CELTA qualification at York St John. A highly-regarded course administered by Cambridge University, the CELTA covers essential teaching skills, including regular teaching practice. Six courses will run in 2024, with full- & part-time, in-person & online options.
    Find out more 22Nov 23
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    NATECLA ESOL Managers’ Network

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    This is a new Network which meeting termly online. Greg Dugdale, Co-chair of NATECLA will chair the meeting. Agenda – tbc This Forum is open to ESOL managers located throughout the UK. Although there are different funding and policy issues in the 4 nations, there is much to be learnt by sharing what is going on elsewhere within an ever changing landscape in general. There is an ESOL Managers’ Network Whatsapp group. Please email info@natecla.org.uk if you would like to be added.
    Go to link 17Nov 23
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    Snowdrop Training

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    Most survivors of trafficking have experienced severe trauma so every practitioner needs to have at least a basic knowledge of how to support those with this lived experience. Snowdrop will ensure that you leave the training being able to understand the difference between trauma and complex trauma, identifying symptoms, how to engage relationally from a trauma-informed position, learn grounding and stabilisation techniques to pass on to clients, recognise and manage vicarious trauma in yourself as a practitioner.
    Find out more 16Nov 23
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    ESOL Teachers: Teaching Cultures as well as Language

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    As ESOL teachers, I believe we act as the ‘gateway’ to not only a new language, but also a new culture. In my interactive webinar we will look at the meaning and significance of culture, and its relationship with language. I will exemplify ways in which we can teach the four language skills in a more culturally aware and sensitive manner. We will also discuss ideas on how to make our lessons more ‘culturally immersive’, both in and out of the classroom. Particularly suitable for new ESOL teachers. If you want to register multiple people from your organisation, or if you have any problems booking using the Findjoo booking system, please email info@natecla.org.uk to book and pay
    Find out more 16Nov 23
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    Reading University

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    The war against Ukraine has resulted in immense destruction across all sectors and forcibly displaced over 15 million people, putting the right to education of millions at risk. Attacks on education facilities, including over 3,000 education institutions are currently endangering the lives and futures of the country’s 5.7 million school-aged children. Evidence has shown that armed conflict has dreadful and often long-lasting negative impacts on the education community, hampering education’s lifesaving and life-sustaining function. Ukrainian teachers are some of the most vulnerable actors in education today. Primary and secondary school teachers, including those internally displaced, lack resources, training, and support to deliver instruction and maintain learning in this conflict situation. A trauma informed pedagogy can address some of the Ukrainian teachers’ needs when dealing with children in their classroom often traumatized by the conflict. The British Council has designed a programme to specifically address these and other related needs of teachers working in conflict affected environments. Come along and find out more!
    Find out more 15Nov 23
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    Kirklees Welcome

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    IOM UK Eritrea Information Session This session’s content will focus primarily on the geography, topography and history of Eritrea. In addition to this, the session will also cover experiences with services that the Eritrean community may face, both within and outside their country of origin. It will also discuss the family and social life of Eritreans, as well as cultural norms, customs, and behaviours. This session will be participatory and rely heavily on participant engagement through case studies and discussion, therefore we highly encourage participants to come prepared to have their cameras on during the session.
    Find out more 07Nov 23
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    5-minute activities for trauma-sensitive classrooms

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    Working with trauma-impacted learners can pose particular challenges to practitioners who teach refugees and asylum seekers, as students tend to display signs of negative thinking, have low confidence and may have difficulties engaging with learning. The session will give practical ideas for participants on the use of 5-minute classroom activities that have the potential to improve the psychological and emotional well-being of trauma-experienced students. We will examine why these activities could help trauma-impacted learners and discuss how promoting a growth mindset with a focus on identification of strengths and positive emotions can be transformational in the ESOL classroom.
    Go to link 01Nov 23

October 2023

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    University of Warwick

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    Invitation to attend the MITN seminar series
    Find out more 25Oct 23
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    Migration Control in Practice

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    For those interested in migration policies and their implementation, there will be a webinar based on the recent book Migration Control in Practice (https://www.editions-ulb.be/en/book/?gcoi=74530100978730) within the ECPR Standing Group Ethnicity and Migration webinar series.
    Find out more 24Oct 23
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    Manchester Metropolitan University

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    ELT is a constantly evolving field, where the latest research findings and innovative teaching practices hold the potential to transform the way we educate and empower language learners. The synergy between research and teaching is essential for bridging the gap between theory and practice, ensuring that evidence-based approaches are effectively integrated into language classrooms across different contexts. This FREE event welcomes ALL who are interested. Our aim is to delve deep into the question: How open are we in fostering the research-teaching dialogue in ELT? We have an exciting line-up of 13 speakers representing key ELT partners, including teachers, teacher educators, researchers, publishers, assessment specialists, and ELT industry leaders. including language teachers, teacher educators, researchers, and ELT industry leaders. By doing so, we hope to uncover the strengths, challenges, and opportunities for enhancing openness within this critical dialogue. The symposium program is attached and the book of abstracts can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/symposiumasbtract
    Find out more 13Oct 23
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    University of Huddersfield

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    The quality and conditions of housing, its affordability, the security it offers, how it is accessed and, indeed, the housing system as a whole all combine to influence the lives of everyone in society. Poverty and wider factors such as employment, education and health inequalities amplify the significance housing plays in mitigating or exacerbating the challenges associated with their housing, and chances of experiencing homelessness. These issues are not experienced equally by all members of society and those living on the fringes of society routinely experience the worst housing outcomes and negative experiences. Refugees are one such group. Whilst the experiences of refugees have much in common with those of other vulnerable groups; refugees are typically multiply disadvantaged. This talk draws on published evidence, available data and from recent research undertaken by the speakers. This research sought to understand the housing pathways and experiences of refugees who had settled in the UK over a 30-year period. It involved an extensive scoping review of the literature and in-depth research with over 80 refugees and 60 policy actors and practitioners. Research participants were mainly drawn from the Yorkshire and Humber region of the UK. Drawing on this evidence this talk discusses the lives refugees have in the UK with respect to their housing situations. It details the different routes refugees have available to them to enter the UK and describes how these relate to their housing circumstances and wider impacts their housing has in their lives.
    Find out more 12Oct 23
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    Snowdrop Training

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    Snowdrop will ensure that you leave the training with a better understanding of trafficking and modern slavery, the indicators, the factors that contribute to this crime, where victims can be referred for help and an idea of what best practice support looks like.
    Find out more 11Oct 23
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    Kirklees Welcome

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    Additional Date: 11 October 2023

    PART 1 – Afghanistan Information Session: Geography, History, Current Events and Services This session’s content will focus primarily on the geography and history of Afghanistan, as well as Afghan’s experiences in conflict. The session will also look at the services (including education and health care) Afghans may be used to and their expectations around accessing those services in Afghanistan. This session will be participatory and rely heavily on participant engagement through case studies and discussion, therefore we highly encourage participants to come prepared to have their cameras on during the session. PART 2 – Afghanistan Information Session: Cultural Norms, Family and Social Life This session’s content will focus primarily on Afghan cultural norms, practices, family and social life. This session will be participatory and rely heavily on participant engagement through case studies and discussion, therefore we highly encourage participants to come prepared to have their cameras on during the session.
    Go to link 1 OtherDate Available
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    University of Michigan and Aston University

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    Abstract: The fact that teachers learn– during their professional preparation and on-the-job– is the central premise undergirding teacher education and professional development. It has proved problematic  to define and better understand what is particular about this form of learning, however. Instead of examining what is distinctive about teacher learning, teacher educators and researchers generally work from prevailing general theories of learning, with mixed results.  And when things don’t go according to plan– as often happens– the problem is usually assumed to be in the program design or research undertaking and not the thinking on which these efforts depend.  The situation has become so commonplace that when these shortcomings happen, they are explained by ideas like ‘teacher resistance’ and ‘deficits in knowledge or skill’ rather than by reexamining the architecture of these basic ideas. As a practitioner and a researcher, I argue that there are two principal challenges in reframing the situation: The conceptual challenge of rethinking the idea of ‘teacher learning’ and the methodological challenge of how then to design for and study it. Drawing from my book, Rethinking Teacher Professional Development (Routledge; 2023), I discuss alternative ways of thinking grounded in the Learning4Teaching project which documented public-sector teachers’ experiences and learning from professional development in three countries.
    Find out more 05Oct 23

September 2023

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    NATECLA Scotland – TESOL Training Toolkit Series

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    Topic: Ready, Steady, Write! In this session we will be looking at ways to make writing more engaging and meaningful for students. We will explore the use of various strategies and methods of support to help students navigate tasks and produce writing that consolidates learning and allows the students’ voice to be heard. We will look at ways of differentiating activities for mixed ability classes and explore the teaching skills we need to get the best out of our learners. We will have a special focus on activities that are appropriate to students’ everyday life and seamlessly link with other skills so that learning is cohesive and holistic in its approach
    Go to link 30Sep 23
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    Refugee Education UK’s

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    This interactive training session is ideal for anyone who wants to grow in knowledge and confidence to support young refugees and asylum seekers to access HE. You’ll learn with and from REUK’s expert team, young people with lived experience of forced migration and other participants from the refugee and education sectors. In this training session you will: · Learn about immigration statuses and terminology. This training will enable you to understand and confidently use asylum and refugee terminology, helping you get to grips with different immigration statuses and their impact on access to HE. · Learn how immigration status impacts young people’s educational access, entitlements and thriving. This training will give you a strong understanding of young refugees’ and asylum seekers’ barriers to HE and you’ll come away knowing who’s entitled to what when it comes to student finance and home fees. · Learn how to apply this knowledge to your role and context. This training will upskill you in the educational, financial and psychosocial support options for young asylum seekers and refugees as they access HE and start at university.
    Find out more 26Sep 23

July 2023

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    University of Essex

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    All Dates: 21 July 2023 | 22 July 2023 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    Bringing the outside in is a project which explores how teaching practices that more closely reflect learners’ heritage can bridge the gap between multilingual communities and the monolingual classroom.
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June 2023

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    University of Warwick

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    WICAL focuses on three key areas: Discourse Analysis, Language Teaching and Learning, and Intercultural Communication. The theme of this year is Our Words and Worlds. This year, we are delighted to be joined by four keynote speakers: Paul Drew, Professor, Language and Linguistic Science, University of York – Applied Conversation Analysis: CA research into language and interaction in medicine Adrian Holliday, Professor, Applied Linguistics & Intercultural Education, Canterbury Christ Church University – The Politics of Small Culture Formation On the Go: Researching and Living Varicultural Hybridity James P. Lantolf, George and Jane Greer Professor Emeritus, Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University – Integrating Explicit Knowledge into the Second Language Classroom through Concept-Based Language Instruction Amy B. M. Tsui, Emeritus Professor & Honorary Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong – A longitudinal investigation of Japanese university learners’ oral participation in an L1 classroom and their lived experiences We hope to see you at WICAL. Please contact wical2023@warwick.ac.uk should you have any questions.
    Find out more 27Jun 23
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    Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield

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    All Dates: 16 June 2023 | 17 June 2023 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    The Literacies and Language Research Cluster in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield is really excited to share details of the International Sheffield Literacies and Language Conference which takes place on Friday June 16th and Saturday June 17th. It is a partnership between Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield with great keynotes, workshops, parallel sessions, and PGR Prizes. The conference theme is ‘Forging Hopeful Literacies’. The hopeful dimension of the conference invites a look ahead at literacies destinations: where we are and where we might like to be as a literacy community? Attending to the moment and speculating on the future, what kinds of literacies can we possibly hope for to meet tomorrow’s communicational demands and desires? There is an openness to this call because hopeful literacies must by their very nature be expansive and inclusive of different types of research in a wide range of contexts. We encourage anyone engaged in literacies and language research in diverse ways (whether PGR, practitioner or academic) to submit an abstract. It will be a friendly, supportive and creative event.
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    NATECLA ESOL RESEARCH

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    We are pleased to host a guest speaker at our April meeting. Melanie Cooke is a senior lecturer in ESOL Education at King’s College, London and one of the leading figures in ESOL research in the UK. At this event, Dr Cooke will share her journey from ESOL teacher to researcher, reflecting on how she engages with learners and teachers to ensure her research reaches the ESOL classroom. She is convenor of the Hub for Education & Language Diversity (HELD) and a collaborator with English for Action English for Action. She is co-author (with Rob Peutrell) of Brokering Britain, Educating Citizens (2019) and you can access more of her publications here. As ever, there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. Please join us to learn from an established ESOL researcher and reflect on your own research, whether it’s in the planning stage or already complete. Everyone is welcome!
    Find out more 15Jun 23
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    Learning Unlimited

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    Literacy ain’t what it was. The impact of digital devices, technologies and apps on our daily lives has resulted in vastly more pluralistic and diverse experiences of literacy and an explosion of new literacy practices. This webinar explores the significance of this for ESOL literacy learners and literacy education, and provides the opportunity to considers its potential effects on our classroom practice. This webinar will take place on Zoom.
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    Learning Unlimited

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May 2023

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    Learning Unlimited

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April 2023

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    Future Learn – Dyslexia and Language teaching

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    This exciting course is offered by Lancaster University in cooperation with FutureLearn and takes place over four weeks entirely online. It is aimed at English language teachers, teachers of modern foreign languages, teacher trainers, educators and trainee teachers who are interested in how they can accommodate and cater for the needs of students with dyslexia in foreign/second language classrooms. In this course, you can find out about the nature of dyslexia and how it affects the learning of additional languages. You can explore a variety of useful techniques, including recent computer-assisted tools that you can take into the classroom to help students with dyslexia in acquiring another language. The materials and tasks in the course can be applied for various age groups of dyslexic students and for a variety of language learning contexts including the teaching of English as a foreign/second language and the teaching of modern foreign languages. Enrolment is now open https://www.futurelearn.com/register and we are looking forward to welcoming you and your colleagues as one of our participants. We would be grateful if you could share the information about the course with teacher colleagues, teacher educators and other stakeholders in your organization.
    Find out more 17Apr 23

March 2023

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    NATECLA Webinar: Maths and ESOL

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    This webinar will look at some of the common difficulties that ESOL learners can encounter when studying on maths programmes. This session will look at how the content of a maths course, from initial assessment through to the final exam, may contain obstacles to an ESOL learner, even those who appear to have strong basic numeracy skills. In particular the session will look at: • common language difficulties faced by ESOL learners. • particular barriers with maths vocabulary and concepts. • practical tips for supporting learners with learning vocabulary. • strategies to support ESOL learners with your instructions and resources. The webinar is a taster for a longer course that explores this concept in more detail.
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    Trauma-Informed Practice Gold Level: Committed to Trauma Informed Practice

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    NATECLA Scotland

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    Social Workers Without Borders & PAFRAS

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    The Programme Throughout the series, running March – June 2023, there will be a wide range of topics inc. Safeguarding, Family Reunion, No Recourse to Public Funds, Healthcare/ NHS Charging, Legal Aid as well as sessions on the role of colonialism in our current immigration system and ways we can organise for power. Sessions will be led by migrant justice organisers, campaigners from organisations and case workers as well as academics and speakers including Migrants Organise, PAFRAS, Social Workers Without Borders, Medact, Together Now, Section 17, Dr Lucy Mayblin and more… These sessions will be “bite-size” / introductory one hour sessions covering different aspects to the Hostile Environment.
    Find out more 23Mar 23
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    Kings College London

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    Seminar 8 – ‘Sociolinguistics and Language Education’ ESOL and political action? * ESOL and political action: where does it happen? What forms does it take? * What conditions and practices facilitate or impede political action, and do they differ across ESOL sectors (not-for-profit, adult ed, FE, HE)? * What are the links to community organising and to organisations like housing and migrant rights groups, trades unions, political parties? And what part, if any, does multilingualism play? * Amidst cuts to funding in a ‘hostile environment’, does an ESOL oriented to political action offer teachers and students distraction or hope?
    Find out more 11Mar 23
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    NATECLA Webinar: How can we make ESOL volunteering more accessible?

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    In this webinar, Hazel and Stephanie from SAVTE will look at ESOL volunteering, in particular: What qualities and qualifications are important in an ESOL volunteer? What motivates people to volunteer in an ESOL context? How can organisations support their personal development? What can prevent people from volunteering in ESOL? What can be gained from widening participation in ESOL volunteering?
    Find out more 09Mar 23
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    Trauma-Informed Practice Silver Level: Developing Trauma Informed Practice

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    Snowdrop Project

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    The Snowdrop Project offers high quality, in-depth training to help you tackle modern slavery and ensure that every survivor has the greatest chance of recovery. 23rd March 2023: Supporting people with complex trauma Most survivors of trafficking have experienced severe trauma so every practitioner needs to have at least a basic knowledge of how to support those with this lived experience. Snowdrop will ensure that you leave the training being able to understand the difference between trauma and complex trauma, identifying symptoms, how to engage relationally from a trauma-informed position, learn grounding and stabilisation techniques to pass on to clients, recognise and manage vicarious trauma in yourself as a practitioner. You should have some experience supporting vulnerable people to attend this course. Suitable for: Anyone providing advocacy or support to service users affected by trauma such as: Modern Slavery caseworkers and advocates Safeguarding leads, Police working with vulnerable people, NHS staff Charities and NGO employees working with drug and alcohol, homelessness, refugees and asylum seekers, sexual violence Cost: £120 per person
    Go to link 01Mar 23

February 2023

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    NATECLA SCOTLAND – Online Training

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    In this session we will be looking at ways to make reading more engaging and meaningful for students. We will explore the use of authentic texts, cartoons and everyday notices and information. We will look at ways of differentiating activities for mixed ability classes and teaching the skills to help students navigate a variety of reading materials successfully.
    Find out more 25Feb 23
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    Kirklees Welcome & Migration Yorkshire

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    To provide an overview of migration for Officers, Managers, Staff, and partners of Kirklees Council
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    City of Sanctuary UK

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    City of Sanctuary Health and Wellbeing Stream Day of Events including discussions around sanctuary seeker access to dentists and mental health needs. This event is organised by Yorkshire, Humber and North East Health Stream of Sanctuary.
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    NATECLA Webinar: Sustainable Future – ESOL and Beyond

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    Small changes can make a difference! Join Carol to explore the science behind the climate crisis (bring your knowledge or come and learn) and find out what you can do in your lessons to make a difference. There will be ideas on how you can make your classroom more sustainable as well as how to raise awareness with your learners. We can’t stop climate change, but we can make a positive difference that will affect everyone for generations to come.
    Find out more 10Feb 23
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    Trauma-Informed Practice Bronze Level: Becoming Trauma Aware

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    25 Feb 23
    Yorkshire & Humber SMP

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    All Dates: 07 February 2023 | 25 February 2023 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

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January 2023

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    NATECLA Webinars: Trauma – Informed ESOL for Refugees

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    This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore how ESOL tutors might safely bring about the psycho-social conditions in which the effects of trauma in refugee-background students might be mitigated, and how strategies might be put in place to start to support students to not only recover, but also potentially to begin to thrive and grow – a phenomenon referred to as post-traumatic growth. The workshop draws upon the article ‘Towards a Trauma-Informed ELT Pedagogy for Refugees’, which can be accessed here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341452361_Towards_a_trauma-informed_ELT_pedagogy_for_refugees
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    ESOL Research Community

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    We are pleased to host two talks which are challenging assumptions. Jenny Stacey will talk about her research in maths & ESOL, and Jill Court will present findings from her PhD in language learning and social interaction. Each talk will last 15 minutes with 10 minutes for questions, then the final 30 minutes will be for more general discussions on the issues raised by the presenters. Please find the details of each talk below.
    Find out more 19Jan 23
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    Newcastle University

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    Go to link 6 week Course

December 2022

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    NATESOL – Online Event

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    Learning English and joining a class is quite often the first task for newly arrived immigrants into the UK. Many people usually access ESOL classes for their jobs, visa, citizenship or more generally their lives in the UK. At the same time, ESOL learners come from a range of educational, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. For the wide range and reasons for learning English, I argue that a more reflective, creative approach to language learning is needed to introduce learners to their English language learning journeys. In this reflective workshop, I outline my rationale for using creative practices when greeting learners and new arrivals. Participants will be invited to take part in activities themselves to experience them as learners. These practices will be informed by my experiences within my food and ESOL project, Heart & Parcel. We will then use breakout rooms and guided discussion to inspire and share creative activity ideas from the participants. Bio: Clare is an English language practitioner with over 10 years experience in the UK and China delivering English sessions to a wide range of learners with different backgrounds and reasons for learning English. Interested in inclusive and creative approaches to English language teaching rooted in social justice, Clare founded Heart & Parcel to bring together communities through food and learning in an inclusive, engaging and creative way.
    Find out more 10Dec 22
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    NATECLA WEBINAR: Exploiting What Songs Have to Offer in the ESOL Classroom

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    Songs are without doubt a fun and pedagogically sound educational tool. However, they are tragically underused and often poorly exploited. This interactive session aims to reverse that, highlighting the role that songs can play in teaching and the wide variety of uses that exist for them in ESOL (and other) classrooms. Through the use of example material produced by the presenter from a variety of well-known songs, this session will enable participants to develop different ways and means of using this resource exploiting an array of language skills. Participants will leave the session with a multitude of ideas as to how to use this resource meaningfully, exploiting it for both language and thematic learning in fun as well as serious ways. Bio Chris Walklett is an educator, historian, teacher/teacher trainer and author who has been using music & songs in the classroom for many years dating back to his very first lesson in the mid-1990s. A lover of music both for energy and relaxation, its educational use is a subject dear to his heart. He is the author of the Teaching Tracks series of books that explore the multitudinous uses that this resource offers.
    Find out more 08Dec 22
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    IATEFL ESOLSIG Online

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    First Steps in English for Adult Learners An IATEFL ESOLSIG webinar presented by Arthur McKeown PRESENTER: Arthur worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and centre manager on three different continents. He then taught management to native speakers at the University of Ulster for 25 years. Since retiring in 2015 he has been involved in the design, documentation, and delivery of ESOL for adult Beginners, both face to face and online, and in the training and induction of Volunteers who contribute in ESOL delivery teams in the community in Belfast and beyond.
    Go to link 07Dec 22
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    Leeds for Learning

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    Join a free event held by Leeds City Council and Leeds Beckett University launching a tool for working in an intercultural and multilingual context This mini-conference, taking place on 6 December 17:00-20:00 at The Rose Bowl, Leeds city centre, is held in partnership with Leeds City Council, Leeds Beckett University and education experts from across Europe. Practitioners will share the pioneering work of the Edina project, which has developed a tool for working in an intercultural and multilingual context. Join other education professionals to learn about the Edina educational resources, supported by research evidence from Leeds and beyond. Even for the most dedicated education professionals, it can be hard to know where to look for support and resources tailored to teachers’ needs in providing the best possible welcome and educational experience to pupils who are newcomers to the area, the country and the language of instruction. Schools are at the forefront of intercultural innovation. Governments may enact policies reflecting what they see as national values and introduce short-term schemes when circumstances threaten the smooth running of the economy but when it comes to responding to the day-to-day realities of multi-cultural Britain, including the human effects of global crises, schools innovate through necessity.
    Find out more 06Dec 22
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    08 Dec 22
    Participatory Planning & Emerging Language Training

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    All Dates: 01 December 2022 | 08 December 2022 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    This workshop guides ESOL teachers and volunteers to plan and develop a series of interconnected, participatory ESOL sessions and helps participants teach language as it emerges rather than through fixed, pre-planned schemes of work.
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November 2022

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    NATECLA WEBINAR: Practical Phonics for ESOL

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    The generic principles of phonics from sound to print & print to sound. • What we’re trying to achieve with phonics (and everyday morphology) in ESOL. Then a look at these two questions about ESOL activities: • Do some old favourites work better with phonics than others? • Are there some new activities which might become favourites? BIO Tricia trains teachers, support staff, vocational and community educators around the world in shame-free, engaging and comprehensively age-appropriate phonics which gets teen and adult learners ‘unstuck’. She is the creator of That Reading Thing (TRT) and its approach to spelling which combines phonics and everyday morphology to improve vocabulary across the curriculum.
    Find out more 24Nov 22
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    NALDIC 29 Conference 2022

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    At NALDIC’s 30th annual conference, we are celebrating three decades of working collaboratively with practitioners, academics and policy makers to support multilingualism and raise the achievement of EAL learners. At the heart of this 30th-anniversary conference, we will be engaging in discussions around how language is at the centre of every classroom interaction, and that supporting multilingualism is not just for EAL specialists: every teacher is a language teacher. What does this look like? What do practitioners in the field have to tell us? What does research tell us? Come and join the debate and listen to our great lineup of speakers and contributors.
    Find out more 19Nov 22
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    Action for ESOL

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    Action for ESOL was an inspiring, grassroots campaign against planned cuts in funding that would have devastated ESOL provision. Set up in 2011, the campaign brought together ESOL teachers, students and researchers, and supporters from outside the sector, including community groups and UCU. The campaign was creative and lively and played a key role in pressurising the coalition government to agree a U-turn on its planned funding cuts. Emerging out of the campaign, the ESOL Manifesto was a collective statement of beliefs and principles drafted by activists in the campaign and a unique document in recent further and adult education. This online conference will revisit the campaign and manifesto. It will be a chance to celebrate and to consider: why were the campaign and manifesto significant? Is the manifesto still relevant? What has changed in ESOL since 2012? Whether you were involved in the campaign and manifesto or started in ESOL after that time, do come along to this important event. Contact us: esolmanifesto2012@gmail.com
    Find out more 16Nov 22
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    NATECLA WEBINAR: Introduction to teaching ESOL literacy learners

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    This interactive webinar will explore how it feels to be a ‘basic’ literacy learner and provide an introduction to the brand new, online ‘Teaching ESOL Literacy Learners (TELLs) course’ developed by Learning Unlimited. The session will give you a taste of the kind of activities on the course and review some of the key strategies and approaches used with ESOL literacy learners. You will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges – and opportunities – of working with these learners and share your ideas with colleagues.
    Find out more 10Nov 22
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    NATECLA EAST OF ENGLAND Conference 2022

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    The Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority and NATECLA East of England are hosting a HYBRID half-day event for the ESOL community. (You can either attend in person or online – capacity is limited for both so please register ASAP) About this event The event will cover key issues surrounding refugees with some training on how to support their integration through ESOL. Topics and speakers include: • ESOL for Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers – Rebecca McCallum, Cambridge County Council • TESOL Training Opportunity across the East of England (including refugees) – case study City College Peterborough • SMP Commissioned WW4RI Report – Gill Searl, EELGA • Trauma Informed ESOL Practice – Rachel Öner, NATECLA There will also be a vibrant discussion and Q&A on Resettlement Issues, Ukrainians, Intensive and Vocational ESOL, fully funding ESOL/Co-funding, and ESOL Providers capacity issues. This would be followed by a networking lunch courtesy of the EELGA for those that are attending in person.
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    Learning and Work Institute, English, Maths and ESOL Conference

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    The annual conference on adult English, maths and ESOL will be a forum for policymakers, providers, practitioners, and researchers and will include information about Multiply (many of you in the region have asked for more information about this funding). The launch of the three-year, £560 million Multiply programme is an opportunity to address part of this adult numeracy challenge. To maximise the Government’s investment, it will be important that Multiply joins up effectively with other programmes, including the Adult Education Budget, and employment and skills support through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It will also be important to deliver the programme in ways which benefit learners with other essential skills needs, including ESOL, literacy and digital skills.
    Find out more 08Nov 22
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    NATECLA Scotland Annual Conference 2022

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    NATECLA Scotland’s ANNUAL conference provides an opportunity for ESOL practitioners from across the country to engage in a packed and exciting programme of quality, stimulating teacher training workshops and to meet with like-minded professionals.
    Go to link 05Nov 22

October 2022

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    Dundee & Angus College

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    Working with ESOL Literacies Learners and feel you need some training? Come and join the Online TELtA Course, run by D&A College. This SQA Module (Level 9) is an introduction to Teaching ESOL Literacies to Adults will teach you how to analyse and evaluate adult ESOL literacies within a Scottish context, identify and assess ESOL literacies learners and their learning needs, apply skills and strategies to support ESOL literacies learning and plan and deliver ESOL literacies learning. Starting on 24th October and running for 20 weeks (one night online, Monday). Cost: £140 (eligible for ITA Funding)
    Find out more 24Oct 22
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    NATECLA WEBINAR: OFSTED – What does the Education Inspection Framework mean for ESOL?

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    Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework (EIF) places a strong emphasis on curriculum and long-term learning. This is good because focusing on what to teach and how effectively students learn matches well to what we aim to do in ESOL. The EIF was launched in 2019, but is less familiar than it might be, due to the pause in inspections during the pandemic. In this webinar the presenters will talk about what inspectors are looking for and how this relates to effective ESOL teaching and learning, as well as what an inspection actually consists of and how to prepare for one. Our presenters have a range of experience of inspecting, being inspected and preparing for inspection. The session is most relevant for teachers and managers in England, but the learning principles apply to teaching ESOL everywhere. Please note that this session is very similar in content to the keynote speech at the NATECLA National Conference 2022.
    Find out more 21Oct 22
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    NATECLA ESOL Managers Network

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    This is a new Network which will meet termly online. Greg Dugdale, Co-chair of NATECLA will chair the meeting. Agenda 1. ESOL strategy/policy issues. 2. CPD & opportunities 3. Local, regional and national level issues 4. Networking opportunities This Forum is open to ESOL managers located throughout the UK. Although there are different funding and policy issues in the 4 nations, there is much to be learnt by sharing what is going on elsewhere within an ever changing landscape in general.
    Find out more 19Oct 22
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    NATESOL – ONLINE EVENT

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    One of the main challenges around integrating 21st century skills into ELT (apart from their assessment) is that they can often feel irrelevant to the learners. They don’t seem to have any immediate use, or application to the learners’ realities. This is partly a product of their nature but also a product of the way they are presented in many course books. The interaction between ELT and the global climate emergency has been moving up the agenda of our community in recent years, and this talk will look at ways that the 21st century skills can help our learners engage with the crisis. For example, critical thinking can help them uncover ‘greenwashing’, communication support them with eco-campaigning, and collaboration can support them in working on school gardens or beach cleaning projects and writing up the process. This approach can help us in our role as climate educators, yes that should be part of our role, and also show learners the application of 21st century skills.
    Find out more 08Oct 22
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    NATECLA Webinar – The Neurodiverse Language Classroom

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    Join Dr Anne Margaret Smith to learn about neurodiversity, how to spot the signs and what to do in your classroom to support those learners.
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    Westminster Forum for Language and Linguistics Research Seminars

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    We are delighted to announce this year’s Research Seminars of the Westminster Forum for Language and Linguistics. Seminars will take place on Blackboard Collaborate The first seminar for this year is when Carmen Silvestri (University of Essex) will present a paper on “Researching multilingualism in the family and in complementary schools: methodological explorations”.
    Find out more 05Oct 22

September 2022

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    Accessible Learning: graphic facilitation for inclusive classrooms

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    Simple drawings and visual tools can make any learning experience more accessible. This session will explore a variety of graphic facilitation techniques and activities which can be used to support and engage diverse learners with SpLDs, limited study skills or literacy needs. It will explore common learning differences (such as dyslexia, AD(H)D, autism) and simple adaptations teachers can make to create inclusive learning environments. It will provide an opportunity to practise drawing crucial visual vocabulary to differentiate lessons, communicate clearly and check understanding. Prepare to get practical!
    Find out more 22Sep 22
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    IATEFL ESOLSIG Online

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    Join IATEFL ESOLSIG, Dr Bronagh Catibusic, Mike Chick, Dr Fiona Gallagher, Dr Shadi Karazi and Sam Shepherd for this online event. The field of ESOL is growing exponentially, as is the global human crisis of forced displacement and migration. ESOL teachers, many of whom are volunteers, have to navigate the complexities of this crisis, often alone, advocating for their learners and addressing their learner’s multidimensional needs. Our online event will take a close look at how we are advocating for learners, especially in the many systems of constraint our learners, and we have to work within. Traditionally ESOL was perceived to be a small slice of the English language teaching field but with the increase in demand for ESOL classrooms, teachers, and relevant ESOL is now a reality that cannot be dismissed. Join us to look at how we can move ESOL forward and advocate for our learners and ourselves. The day will be a combination of examining policy issues, practical ideas for the classroom and networking with like-minded colleagues.
    Find out more 17Sep 22
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    Sustainable Future – ESOL and Beyond

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    Getting ready for how our changing environment will affect our lives is perhaps the biggest step towards sustainable living. An understanding of how human activity affects the natural environment drives better decision making to lessen that impact and create a more sustainable and habitable world for our immediate future and for generations to come. This webinar will draw links between our current lifestyle and the impacts on the environment, and how sustainable decisions can lessen these impacts. Participants will be given case studies of individuals and to find ways to make them live greener, as well as there will be lesson ideas and activities that you can take away and use in your classroom.
    Find out more 16Sep 22
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    NATECLA Scotland

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    Get ready to work In this session we will explore easy to create activities and resources aimed at supporting students for entry into the world of work. The session offers both practical details about working in the UK and also activities to help your students decide what is the right job for them and how they can achieve their goals. We will use visual resources, including videos and audio interviews which can be used by all learners including those with weak literacy skills.
    Find out more 10Sep 22

July 2022

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    Decolonising ESOL and ELT

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    What might it mean to decolonise English language teaching? This CPD considers problematic discourses in mainstream ESOL including lockstep, planning, monolingualism, differentiation and ‘Standard English’. The session explores how practitioners can develop their own principled and situated responses to the contexts they live and work in, and looks ahead to reflect on what decolonised ESOL practice might look like.
    Go to link 21Jul 22
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    More than words can say: multiliteracies and multimodal ESOL

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    This CPD looks at the ways that meaning is increasingly being communicated through means other than words or traditional notions of ‘language’ : how visual, physical, aural elements such as film, photography, dance and music, as well as other modes of communication are playing a more dominant role in meaning-making. Crucially, these modes often represent highly valued skills in modern work and social settings, and are now a part of the linguistic landscape – this interactive session explores how teachers can integrate these mixed modalities into their practice.
    Go to link 19Jul 22
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    Financial Literacy CPD for Trainers/Staff

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    A FREE 3-day online course for anyone wanting to support families to improve their financial literacy skills on 19th July – 21st July at 9:30am – 13:30pm This online course will enable you to: • Help support families to develop better financial literacy skills • Explore ways families can talk and learn about money together • Access new interactive resources for children/young people • Meet and share ideas with family learning, numeracy and other practitioners This course will be delivered via Zoom. This course is free, but you must book your place in advance.
    Go to link 19th- 21st July

June 2022

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    New literacies for ESOL

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    This CPD considers the implications for ESOL learners and teachers of the very swift social changes that have taken place in how we use reading and writing, and what we mean by ‘literacy’. In particular, this training considers at the dominance of digital or semi-digital literacies, focusing on how ESOL practitioners can develop their teaching practice to reflect the realities of how people integrate these digital practices and literacies into all aspects of their lives.
    Go to link 30Jun 22
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    Sociolinguistics for ESOL teachers

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    What can a knowledge of sociolinguistics contribute to ESOL teaching? A lot! This CPD looks at how ESOL practitioners can incorporate sociolinguistic insights into their teaching. It highlights powerful elements of real-world language use that grammar books often miss out, such as language and identity, gender and social class, the variance of politeness routines across language groups, including turn-length, eye contact and accommodation theory. The session shows how practitioners can develop classroom approaches and activities that draw on many of the key sociolinguistically relevant contexts their learners will encounter.
    Go to link 28Jun 22
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    15 Jun 22
    PARTICIPATORY APPROACHES TO NEW READERS & WRITERS in teaching ESOL

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    All Dates: 08 June 2022 | 15 June 2022 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    This is online training
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May 2022

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    Future Learn, Cambridge & The Human Hive

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    Understand how to best support the emotional, linguistic, and social needs of refugees who are settling into a new country.
    Find out more 30May 22
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    The Hub For Education and Language Diversity

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    This seminar provides a space for collaborative reflection on the links between teaching, learning and the institutional cultures where we work, and it seeks to enrich our understanding of the contemporary landscape of language teaching.
    Find out more 21May 22
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    Participative Multilingual Identity Education: Theory, Evidence and Impact of the ‘We Are Multilingual’ Campaign

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    multilingual profile of many classrooms. This has implications not only for the identities of migrant students who are learning the language of their new country, but also for those engaging in language learning in schools. In this talk we explain why a new dimension of pedagogy is necessary in order to help all learners to fully understand their own and others’ linguistic repertoires (whether learned in school, at home or in the community) and so to recognise their agency in being able to claim a multilingual identity.
    Go to link 16May 22
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    IATEFL ESOL SIG – PCE Day, Face to Face, Belfast – Advocating for ESOL learners in systems of constraint

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    The field of ESOL is growing exponentially, as is the global human crisis of forced displacement and migration. ESOL teachers, many of whom are volunteers, have to navigate the complexities of this crisis, often alone, advocating for their learners and addressing their learner’s multidimensional needs. Our PCE day will take a close look at how we are advocating for learners, especially in the many systems of constraint our learners, and we have to work within. Traditionally, ESOL was perceived to be a small slice of the English language teaching field but with the increase in demand for ESOL classrooms, teachers, and relevant ESOL materials is now a reality that cannot be dismissed. Join us to look at how we can move ESOL forward and advocate for our learners and ourselves. The day will be a combination of examining policy issues and practical ideas for the classroom.
    Go to link 16May 22
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    NATECLA Webinar – Digital Skills for ESOL Part 2

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    Go to link 13May 22

April 2022

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    Participatory Photography in Teaching ESOL

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    Go to link 27Apr 22

March 2022

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    NATECLA Webinar – Teaching ESOL Literacy with simple drawings

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    Drawings are a visual vocabulary and a powerful means of communication. Learning to draw simple icons can support your learners’ understanding, vocabulary recall, creativity, critical thinking and note taking skills. It is a particularly useful skill for supporting learners with ESOL Literacy needs. Drawing is a great way to develop pen control, and to take notes when it’s not possible to write an L1 translation. In this session, I will share some innovative, low preparation, teaching techniques and materials I have developed which have revolutionised the way I teach ESOL Literacy.
    Go to link 25Mar 22
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    NATECLA East of England & Midlands Conference

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    All ESOL practitioners – from managers and researchers to teachers and trainees – are invited to join us for our online conference. It provides an opportunity for ESOL professionals from across the 2 branch regions and beyond to engage in an afternoon of high quality talks and workshops and to meet with like-minded professionals.
    Go to link 18Mar 22
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    NATECLA Webinar – Research in ESOL

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    Presenters: Chloë Hynes and Sam Shepherd This workshop will explore research in ESOL in all its guises. We will explore the research landscape (including what’s current) and consider why (and how) you might choose to do research in your own classroom. We will also share ways you can shout loud about the research you do and ways to get more involved in research communities (no matter where you are on your research journey!).
    Go to link 11Mar 22
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    Dr Glenn Levine, University of California, Levine

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    In this seminar Glenn Levine (University of California, Levine) will present a new collection of papers focused on the language learning of adult migrants in Europe. The nine papers in the volume draw on recent empirical data to highlight the tension between language and integration, and the often-disparate aims between national systems of adult migrant language education, language teachers in classrooms, and learners themselves. Glenn will be joined by the authors of two of the chapters: Anke Grotlüschen (University of Hamburg) and Nafisah Graham-Brown (ELATT / NATECLA) who will discuss their contributions, and the place of migrant language education research within applied linguistics.
    Find out more 09Mar 22
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    A participatory conference with Migreat! Changing the Narratives on Migration – Exploring Creative Approaches

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    A participatory conference with Migreat! project partners EFA London (UK), Giolli Cooperative (Italy), Nyitott Kör (Hungary) and Elan Interculturel (France). We are looking forward to sharing what we have learned and produced on the Migreat! project, an international collaboration combining theatre, story-telling, community organising, intercultural understanding and participatory pedagogy. You will have the opportunity to share your ideas, evaluate our work and learn new methods in a participatory, workshop-based conference. There will be lots of opportunities to meet and talk with teachers, theatre practitioners and migrants rights activists from across Europe.
    Go to link 05Mar 22
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    NATECLA Scotland – TESOL Training Toolkit Series

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    How can you build in enough practice with language points e.g. question forms and third-person “s” without it becoming boring and monotonous? In this session, we will look at ways of using fact files to support communication skills and writing tasks. We will discuss how these techniques can be adapted to different levels and topics and adapted to both face to face and online teaching. This is a set of skills that lend themselves to differentiation and can help students with reading skills and writing as the activities develop.
    Go to link 05Mar 22
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    NATECLA North West Conference Spring 2022

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    Programme 12:45-1:00 Zoom orientation (Optional) 1:00 – 1:15 Welcome: The Changing Landscape of ESOL – Laura Mackey (NW Branch Policy Officer) 1:15 – 2:00 Adventures in Digital Skills for ESOL – Kate Harrison and Emma Langlois 2:00 – 2:15 BREAK 2:15 – 3:00 Writing Activities to Engage Learners – Liz Joiner 3:00 – 3:30 The WEA Teachmeet
    Go to link 04Mar 22

February 2022

  • Le logo 25 Feb 22
    Educating Out Racism- Practical tools for race equity in education

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    How can education providers ensure inclusivity and a sense of belonging in educational settings? Why/how do microagressions and racism play out within learning environments and what can we do to combat it? How can education providers work more intersectionally? These are some of the questions this virtual conference seek to answer. Come and join this free virtual conference, looking at race equity in education through an intersectional lens. The half-day programme offers knowledge sharing panels and workshops.
    Go to link 25Feb 22
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    Seeking Education for All through Multilingual Mother Tongue Education

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    In this presentation, Dr. Wright will provide a broad overview of bilingual and multilingual education, including the philosophy and research that serves as its foundation, and discuss a framework of weak and strong forms of bi/multilingual education. He will then discuss the role of multilingual education in achieving international development goals to ensure equitable access to education for linguistic minority children. Drawing from his research in the Kingdom of Cambodia, Dr. Wright will discuss the establishment and expansion of multilingual mother tongue education programs in Cambodia in an effort to provide a basic education to some of the hardest to reach students in remote areas of the northeastern provinces where several indigenous ethnic minority languages are spoken.
    Go to link 21Feb 22
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    NATECLA and ETF webinar – No tech but all about the tech

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    NATECLA are delighted to partner up with SERO Consulting to deliver an ETF funded session on Essential Digital Skills in ESOL. NATECLA’s Chloë Hynes and Carol Samlal will be facilitating a session as part of the EDS Community of Practice. This will be a practitioner input session to share strategies to embed digital skills in a low tech environment and explore the telltale signs of when to switch off from the tech in the classroom.
    Go to link 21Feb 22
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    ETF and NATECLA webinar – No tech but all about the tech

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    The Essential Digital Skills Champion programme has been developed to support practitioners to be a part of a growing community in essential digital skills delivery across the sector. The aim of the EDS Champion role is to help foster communities of practice across the sector for different aspects of essential digital skills delivery. The Live chat sessions provide an opportunity for discussion on an EDS topic each week.
    Go to link 21Feb 22
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    EFT Webinar – Why Independent training providers are choosing Essential Digital Skills qualifications

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    Essential Digital Skills qualifications are new and in this live chat Ben March, Head of Operations at Runway Training will share the practicalities of training staff to deliver EDSQs and the benefits for learners engaged in traineeships and study programmes.
    Go to link 16Feb 22
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    The Advancing Learning Global Teachers’ Festival

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    The Advancing Learning Global Teachers’ Festival is back in force with another round of world-class teacher training, free giveaways and lots more from 14th to 25th February 2022. With topics such as teaching online, inclusion, sustainability in the classroom, global skills, learner autonomy and many many more, the Global Teachers’ Festival 2022 promises to be the ELT teacher development event of the year!
    Go to link 14th - 25th February 2022
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    NATECLA Webinar – Phonics and ESOL

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    In this introduction to the principles of linguistic phonics we will talk about: • the power and logic of the English code • the reciprocal relationship between sound to print (spelling) and print to sound (reading) • adjustments that might be necessary for a variety of ESOL learners • ‘trustworthy graphemes’, ‘everyday morphology’, learning to love your own accent. “What about” questions welcome!
    Go to link 10Feb 22
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    EFT Webinar – Final Assessment Nerves! Preparing learners for an Essential Digital Skills exam

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    Tips and hints to prepare learners for an Essential Digital Skills exam based on a centre’s experience. The session will discuss practical approaches to take away and will allow time for discussion.
    Go to link 09Feb 22
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    NATECLA Yorkshire and Humber Conference 2022

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    All ESOL practitioners – from managers and researchers to teachers and trainees – are invited to join us for our online conference. It provides an opportunity for ESOL professionals from across the region and beyond to engage in a morning of high-quality talks and to meet with like-minded professionals.
    Go to link 05Feb 22
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    University and College Union – LGBT+ Language in Use

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    At UCU we believe that using the right language is a pre-requisite to building the kind of thriving, inclusive workplace that we all want to see. But as language changes over time how can we be sure that we are using the best, inclusive, language? This webinar will provide a safe space to discuss this question in an honest and supportive way. Being more interactive than some of our webinars we will expect participants to join in small group discussions in order to build confidence. Join us! You might improve your professional practice and pick up some ideas about how to build a rich and diverse union.
    Find out more 03Feb 22
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    The War on Critical Race Theory: fact and fiction about racism, education and CRT

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    Following global protests in support of #BlackLivesMatter, in 2020, the British government proclaimed that it is ‘unequivocally against critical race theory’ and established a Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities that described the UK as ‘a model for other White-majority countries’. These developments surprised no-one who has studied CRT and applied its concepts to the UK. This session will contrast the reality of CRT and the lies told about the approach by politicians, commentators and academics, who use disinformation, intimidation and gaslighting to defend the racist status quo. Professor David Gillborn is Emeritus Professor of Critical Race Studies and Founding Director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education (CRRE) at the University of Birmingham. David is author/editor of 13 books and more than 200 articles, chapters and reports. He has won the Society for Educational Studies’ prize for ‘Book of the Year’ twice and received the Derrick Bell Legacy Award. He edits the international journal ‘Race Ethnicity and Education’ and is a Fellow of the British Academy.
    Go to link 02Feb 22
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    English Language and Linguistics Research Seminars

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    Seminars take place on Blackboard Collaborate on even-week Wednesdays at 16:00 (UK time). The first seminar for this semester is on 2 February, when Fraser Dallachy (University of Glasgow) will present the paper “Clone your own thesaurus: creating a historical thesaurus by semi-automated means”.
    Find out more 02Feb 22

January 2022

  • Le logo 28 Jan 22
    UCL language, Inequality and Politics Society (LIPS) & Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB)

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    The UCL Language, Inequality and Politics Society (LIPS) and the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) – Universities of London branch invite you to a conversation about the challenges and opportunities encountered by a group of volunteers (MA, PhD students and early career researchers) who participated as teachers of English for Latin-American migrants who work as cleaners at top universities in London and who are members of the IWGB. These challenges range from lack of appropriate teaching material to students’ self-deprecation, and the consequences of framing classes as “voluntary work” for both volunteers and students. What is more, volunteers bring their own ideas of what “English ” means and how to teach it and, in many cases, these ideas clash with the workers’ expectations of what they are supposed to learn. For this group of workers, English is, fundamentally, built upon specific ideas about language such as standard English, nativespeakerism, among others, and they heavily invest in the concept of the promise of normative standard form of English as a key tool for upward social mobility and social inclusion while for the volunteers, this teaching experience represent, in many cases, a chance to develop their personal and professional skills.
    Find out more 28Jan 22
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    NATECLA Webinar – Trauma-Informed ESOL for Refugee

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    Although not usually trained therapists, ESOL teachers of refugee-background students often find themselves dealing with the fallout of trauma and being ‘drawn into increasingly psychosocial roles’ (Costa, 2018:19). This can pose a real challenge to teachers uncertain as to whether it is better in this situation to continue to employ their existing pedagogies, or to attempt to tackle the issue of trauma in the classroom head on, thereby running the risk of trespassing into the domain of the therapist, which might result in further harm being caused.
    Go to link 20Jan 22
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    19 Jan 22
    Our Languages

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    All Dates: 12 January 2022 | 19 January 2022 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    We are very excited about being able to offer you more ESOL Participatory Training workshops as promised! Duration of workshop – 6hrs Cost – £40 (general); £20 (concession) and £60 (employer pays) To Book – email: *training@efalondon.org* and say which workshop/workshops you would like to attend & the price you are paying. Your payment will be confirmation for booking the workshops. Lastly, we reserve the right to cancel/postpone training should there be a low number of participants and reimburse you the money paid.
    Go to link Two Day workshop
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    Story Making as a practice of wilful belonging. Co-creating a novel with British-Pakistani girls in Primary School.

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    The Story Makers Press (SMP) is a university-based publisher focussed on making and publishing hybrid stories with children who are under-represented in children’s literature. This is in response to research reports by the Centre for Primary Education (CLPE, 2019, 2020) which highlight underrepresentation of protagonists from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups in children’s literature. The second report highlights concern about ‘authenticity’ in many of these representations. This seminar explores the ways in which the embodied, affective and material storying processes used in the co-construction of our third book ‘Zalfa Emir is Warrior’ enabled a sense of unique voice to emerge. from eighteen 10–11-year-old Pakistani heritage girls from Bradford. The seminar focuses on the multi-layered ways in which the story making processes empowered the girls to challenge fixed boundaries between themselves and the world. Lisa Stephenson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. She is Course Leader for the MA Creativity in Education and teaches Creative Arts and Drama for Learning across all ITE Undergraduate and Postgraduate routes. Drawing on her experience as a Primary School teacher and Senior Leader, Lisa has worked creatively with a range of marginalised young people. She is founder of Story Makers Company and Director of Story Makers Press, a practice-based research collaborative at Leeds Beckett University.
    Go to link 13Jan 22

December 2021

  • Le logo 10 Dec 21
    NATECLA Webinar – Dyslexia and ESOL

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    This webinar will investigate how dyslexic individuals process information and what difficulties they face when learning, specifically in an academic environment. What are their possible coping strategies? What can we do to try to accommodate for their learning needs and to alleviate any associated conditions.
    Go to link 10Dec 21
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    Games, Play and Task-Based Learning Dissemination and Training Event

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    The focus is on ESOL but the themes are also relevant to English, maths and digital skills. The event will involve the following: a) 1.30-2.15 – What is play within the classroom? b) 2.30-3.15 – Workshops – this is the opportunity to explore some of the games and play within the Erasmus project plus some other play areas and task-based learning. Participants can choose one of the following: i) Act ESOL ii) Use of theatre games within learning (led by Action for ESOL) iii) The Lateral Thinking Game and how games can inspire learning iv) Picture This – use of photography within ESOL and English learning based on the ESOL plus Arts project (led by Learning Unlimited) c) 3.30-4.15 – Thomas Kunze, CEO Games Institute Austria on Games-Based Teaching and Learning on the use of games within learning. d) 4.30 – 5.15 – Task-based learning – what is it and what have we learned?
    Go to link 09Dec 21
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    NATECLA & PD North – Northern ESOL Forum December 2021

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    The NATECLA Northern ESOL forum in partnership with PD North is now held on the second Wednesday of every month @12-1.30pm. Bring your lunch or a cuppa and spend some time with your ESOL colleagues from all over the North of England. You will have time in breakout rooms to discuss pressing issues and share experiences, and some updates, events and opportunities you might be interested in will be shared.
    Go to link 08Dec 21
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    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Workshop

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    This workshop is aimed at practitioners and front-line staff and will focus on: practical approaches to using RPL resources available to support the use of RPL SCQF Development Officer, Fiona Garry, will lead the session. To register please email sian.holleran@colegaucymru.ac.uk the following details: Name: Organisation: Email address:
    08Dec 21
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    08 Dec 21
    Community Organising for ESOL Teachers

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    All Dates: 01 December 2021 | 08 December 2021 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    We are very excited about being able to offer you more ESOL Participatory Training workshops as promised! Duration of workshop – 6hrs Cost – £40 (general); £20 (concession) and £60 (employer pays) To Book – email: *training@efalondon.org* and say which workshop/workshops you would like to attend & the price you are paying. Your payment will be confirmation for booking the workshops. Lastly, we reserve the right to cancel/postpone training should there be a low number of participants and reimburse you the money paid.
    Go to link Two Day Workshop

November 2021

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    Resources for an ESOL Literacies Classroom

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    Join us for this session to share your ideas and resources as an ESOL Literacies Practitioner. What has worked in your classroom, what are your top tips and go to resources, what ideas and activities can you share? Please come ready to share your ideas. Come and listen to other practitioners share their practice and together we’ll create a mega-bank of resource ideas! Invited Guests: Orsi Dunn (Ayrshire College) and Sue Hain (Dundee & Angus College)
    Go to link 29Nov 21
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    NATECLA Webinar – Hybrid Teaching

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    After returning to class-based delivery, hybrid situations have become more common. An ESOL educator has a complex and challenging task. While you work harder, your students may not achieve the same results, yet they will be able to: – take ownership of their learning – prepare for modern work environments (digital interaction/collaboration, flexibility, adaptability). Our goal in this practical session is to try out the tools and strategies that worked well with Entry 2 learners and collaboratively discuss how we could improve hybrid working environments.
    Go to link 25Nov 21
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    NALDIC 29 Conference 2021

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    At NALDIC 29, NALDIC’s 29th annual conference we are keen to engage in discussions about what decolonising the curriculum looks like in relation to EAL. At the heart of decolonising work is a commitment to engaging with difference and change and reflecting on whose perspectives, knowledge and values are promoted and included, where, when and why, and how we ensure equity and social justice for all learners and teachers. We are interested in hearing more about the different ways in which ideas about decolonisation impact and inform the work you do in EAL, whether in terms of multilingual classroom and assessment practices, changes to schemes of work and curriculum resources, teacher recruitment, or training and CPD.
    Go to link 20Nov 21
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    19 Nov 21
    Introduction to Participatory ESOL

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    All Dates: 12 November 2021 | 19 November 2021 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    We are very excited about being able to offer you more ESOL Participatory Training workshops as promised! Duration of workshop – 6hrs Cost – £40 (general); £20 (concession) and £60 (employer pays) To Book – email: *training@efalondon.org* and say which workshop/workshops you would like to attend & the price you are paying. Your payment will be confirmation for booking the workshops. Lastly, we reserve the right to cancel/postpone training should there be a low number of participants and reimburse you the money paid.
    Go to link Two Day Workshop
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    Connecting language across the curriculum: inclusion, differentiation and access through EAP

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    In this webinar, we will begin by questioning the purpose and position of EAP in the curriculum. Drawing on practical and insightful case studies, Bee will outline the impact that ignoring language(s) in the curriculum can have on both students and staff, before suggesting ways in which EAP can reposition itself to make language more visible. This involves working collaboratively with staff and students in the disciplines, helping to raise awareness of how language can work to either enable or deny access to knowledge, empowering or marginalising. We hope this will lead to a full and collaborative discussion around whether and how Bee’s suggested principles and approach might be interpreted or implemented in our own contexts.
    Go to link 13Nov 21
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    NATECLA Webinar – Graphic Facilitation for the ESOL classroom

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    Graphic facilitation is the use of simple, hand-drawn visuals to support groups or individuals towards their goals. It is an engaging, inspiring and multi-sensory teaching method. This interactive webinar will demonstrate visual ways to enhance language learning and incorporate life skills into the classroom both online and face-to-face. Delegates will be guided to draw their own basic icons, visual templates and graphic organisers to support language acquisition, skills development, note-taking and future planning. Many people believe that they ‘can’t draw’; but this session will convince them otherwise and give them the confidence to create basic visuals in their own classroom and support their students to do the same. It will be active, fun, fast-paced, and will provide practical teaching tips for immediate classroom use.
    Go to link 12Nov 21
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    NATECLA & PD North – Northern ESOL Forum November 2021

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    The NATECLA Northern ESOL forum in partnership with PD North is now held on the second Wednesday of every month @12-1.30pm. Bring your lunch or a cuppa and spend some time with your ESOL colleagues from all over the North of England. You will have time in breakout rooms to discuss pressing issues and share experiences, and some updates, events and opportunities you might be interested in will be shared.
    Go to link 10Nov 21
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    IATEFL ESOL SIG webinar -‘ Helping ESOL Learners to improve their spellings’

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    Spelling can be straightforward for some students, but others struggle and need help with it. As teachers, we often feel unprepared for supporting our ESOL learners with spelling. Indeed, it is not a major part of initial teacher training or continuous professional development. This webinar will help you develop an understanding of the following aspects: Common difficulties with English spelling The relationship between reading and spelling Strategies used by good spellers The impact poor spelling has on language learning as a whole The polysystemic nature of English spelling Practical activities to help learners improve their spelling. This session will be interactive and you will have the opportunity to share your experience and best practice.
    Go to link 10Nov 21
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    Motivational Persistence in Multiple Language Learning: Identities, Vision, and Goal Self-Concordance

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    Endurance is crucial to success in language learning. Along the often long road to fluency, diversions, hurdles, and setbacks can be many. When proficiency in more than one language is the aim, obstacles can easily multiply. With particular reference to the goals and identities of people who set out on the long-haul process of developing skills in more than one second language, and drawing on Zoltán Dörnyei’s recent work on L2 perseverance (Dörnyei, 2020; Dörnyei & Henry, in press), I will present and describe a multifaceted framework that seeks to explain long-term motivation and motivational persistence.
    Go to link 08Nov 21
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    LGBTIQ+ in ELT

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    An interactive and participatory training session to support practitioners to diversify the ELT and ESOL Curriculum so that it better represents and celebrates the community identities that we serve. Suitable for: EFL, ELT and ESOL Practitioners, Curriculum Leaders and DOS, Learning and Classroom Assistants, and anyone working within the English Language teaching fields to adults. Workshop Leader: Laila El-Metoui
    Go to link 05Nov 21
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    10 Nov 21
    Theatre of the Oppressed for Language (ESOL) Teachers

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    All Dates: 03 November 2021 | 10 November 2021 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    We are very excited about being able to offer you more ESOL Participatory Training workshops as promised! Duration of workshop – 6hrs Cost – £40 (general); £20 (concession) and £60 (employer pays) To Book – email: *training@efalondon.org* and say which workshop/workshops you would like to attend & the price you are paying. Your payment will be confirmation for booking the workshops. Lastly, we reserve the right to cancel/postpone training should there be a low number of participants and reimburse you the money paid.
    Go to link Two Day Workshop

October 2021

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    ESOL & Literacy: LASLLIAM framework

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    Workshop for ESOL teachers of learners with limited literacy. Would you like to contribute to an important Council of Europe literacy project? This is an opportunity for ESOL teachers who work with ESOL learners with limited literacy (pre-entry or Entry 1 / A0 or A1) to review and give feedback on LASLLIAM (Literacy And Second Language Learning for the Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants) and the development of a draft Reference Guide for practitioners working with or supporting non-literate or low-literate adult migrants.
    Go to link Two-Day Workshop
  • Le logo 27 Oct 21
    IATEFL ESOL SIG webinar – ‘Belonging: ESOL and integration – concepts and considerations’

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    Belonging is a concept that has recently become more popular as an alternative perspective to view inclusion. Although more commonly used in school settings, I saw the value of using this concept when researching the experiences of migrant women who were learning English and settling in London recently. I found that social interactions in English affected migrant women’s perception of their own belonging within their new neighbourhood and community. Belonging is defined as feeling at ease with oneself and one’s surroundings (Miller, 2003). In this webinar I will present belonging and other concepts that I used in my research, to explain the experiences of research participants as they were learning English in their pathways to integration into their new society. Finally, I will share considerations and implications that the research findings may have on ESOL programmes and delivery, both for practitioners and providers.
    Go to link 27Oct 21
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    28 Oct 21
    ESOL & Literacy: LASLLIAM framework

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    All Dates: 25 October 2021 | 28 October 2021 - please note this is a multi-date training event.

    Workshop for ESOL teachers of learners with limited literacy. Would you like to contribute to an important Council of Europe literacy project? This is an opportunity for ESOL teachers who work with ESOL learners with limited literacy (pre-entry or Entry 1 / A0 or A1) to review and give feedback on LASLLIAM (Literacy And Second Language Learning for the Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants) and the development of a draft Reference Guide for practitioners working with or supporting non-literate or low-literate adult migrants.
    Go to link Two-Day Workshop
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    NATECLA North West Conference 2021

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    NATECLA North West branch invites you to its annual Autumn Conference. TICKET PRICES: £10 (NATECLA members), £20 (non-members), £5 (volunteers and unwaged people)
    Go to link 22Oct 21
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    Launch of the new research from UCL Institute of Education

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    Is a charity that aims to overcome exclusion through language education by working with partners on innovation, research, training and practical interventions.
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    NATECLA & PD North – Northern ESOL Forum October 2021

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    The NATECLA Northern ESOL forum in partnership with PD North is now held on the second Wednesday of every month @12-1.30pm. Bring your lunch or a cuppa and spend some time with your ESOL colleagues from all over the North of England. You will have time in breakout rooms to discuss pressing issues and share experiences, and some updates, events and opportunities you might be interested in will be shared.
    Go to link 13Oct 21
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    Introduction to Participatory ESOL

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    This workshop will be delivered over two days- 12th October 2021 & 19th October 2021. We are very excited about being able to offer you more ESOL Participatory Training workshops as promised! We have extended the time of our workshops. Instead of 4 hours, you will get* 6 hours of training *for the price of *£40 (general); £20 (concession) and £60 (employer pays). * If you would like to book, please email: *training@efalondon.org* and say which workshop/workshops you would like to attend & price you are paying. Your payment will be confirmation for booking the workshops. Lastly, we reserve the right to cancel/postpone training should there be a low number of participants and reimburse you the money paid.
    Go to link Two Day Workshop
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    Swansea University

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    The act of producing language in the form of speaking or writing in order to think through a problem (i.e., languaging) may help people clarify their thinking and transform their thoughts into objects for further reflection. In this talk, I will give an overview of previous research findings about the effect of languaging on second language learning. Finally, I will consider implications for theory and research and then discuss for second language pedagogy.
    Go to link 06Oct 21

September 2021

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    NATECLA Webinar – Differentiation: meeting the needs of a diverse group of learners

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    This is a practical session for exploring ways of differentiating that focus on helping ALL students to feel supported AND challenged in your lesson. It’s not about covert labelling of your students as ‘weak’ or ‘strong’ or attempting to plan and deliver individualised programmes for each student. Rather, we consider how detailed knowledge of your students, thoughtful classroom management and small adaptations of familiar materials and activities can provide the kind of stretch and support which all your learners need.
    Go to link 30Sep 21
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    EFT- HOLEX – ACE ESD ESOL resources – Webinar to promote new sustainability resources for use in adult education ESOL

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    This webinar aims to introduce you to the resources which will be available for you to download on the ETF website; you will be able to adopt and adapt these to use in your service.
    Go to link 29Sep 21
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    IATEFL ESOL SIG Webinars -‘The promise of the multilingual classroom’

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    ‘The promise of the multilingual classroom’. All language classrooms are multilingual classrooms and all learners bring a treasure chest of linguistic resources with them when they join an English language class. This includes an awareness of languages being culturally situated, of different scripts, of traditions and of shared meanings and new concepts. The interactive webinar will share research and ideas which make the most of all the languages in your classroom both to develop the target language and create a more welcoming learning space for all. You will also be invited to share your own practice. Come and join us to fulfil the amazing promise of the multilingual classroom!
    Go to link 18Sep 21
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    NATECLA Webinar- Sustainability in ESOL

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    This webinar seeks to create an awareness of what sustainability is, how it links to our behaviour/consumption and what we can do about it. Then take this knowledge and apply it to our ESOL lessons, so that we can perpetuate the culture of awareness and action to preserve our world’s resources for generations to come.
    Go to link 17Sep 21
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    NATECLA & PD North – Northern ESOL Forum September 2021

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    The NATECLA Northern ESOL forum in partnership with PD North is now held on the second Wednesday of every month @12-1.30pm. Bring your lunch or a cuppa and spend some time with your ESOL colleagues from all over the North of England. You will have time in breakout rooms to discuss pressing issues and share experiences, and some updates, events and opportunities you might be interested in will be shared.
    Go to link 08Sep 21

August 2021

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    Digital Literacies in Europe (DiLitE) Learning Festival

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    Learning Unlimited are delighted to announce a free short online self-access CPD course for ESOL/Literacy practitioners, including a self-access online activity for learners. The course will be live on the Learning Unlimited website until review at the end of August.
    Go to link 31Aug 21
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