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Teachmeet: Take part!

Ready Steady Teach!: Your top tips for low-resource classroom activities

City and Guilds Teachmeet - Low resource ESOL

In 2016, NATECLA, in collaboration with City & Guilds, is delighted to announce its third National Conference Teachmeet:

  • When: Friday 8 July 2016, 16:30 to 17:30
  • Where: NATECLA's 2016 National Conference, Humanities Building, University Park Campus, University of Nottingham, Beeston Lane, Nottingham NG7 2RJ. 


Low-resource classroom activities

  • Do you regularly find yourself dashing into an unknown classroom at the last minute to cover a lesson which you haven't had the chance to prepare for? 
  • Are you based in a community setting with little access to technology or other classroom resources? 
  • Are you trying to become 'paper light' but cutting down on the amount of worksheets you take into class? 
If so, and you would like to share your most tried and tested activities with fellow ESOL and ELT practitioners, take part in this Year's Teachmeet: the perfect CPD opportunity for those who don't feel ready to deliver a workshop. 



What is a Teachmeet?

Teachmeet - low-resource ESOL activities

A Teachmeet is a series of snappy, 3 minute presentations, held in a relatively informal setting, where you can share your most effective teaching ideas with like-minded practitioners and get some great ideas from other delegates.

>> Take a look at last year's Teachmeet on 'Your top tips for Engaging and Motivating Learners' - sponsored by Cambridge English. 

Here's a few ideas to get you started:

  • You should only include lesson activities that involve very little preparation and resources
  • Perhaps you have a lesson that works best with a particular level of learner or with learners at any level - we don't mind
  • Your activity should be suitable for use in settings where access to computers might not be available (but don't forget, most learners have a mobile phone with internet access)

The rest is up to you! 

How do I get involved?

Entry 1 ESOL  -how to keep learners motivatedTaking part in the City & Guilds Teachmeet is easy. Simply:


  1. Think of your best low-resource lesson activity
  2. Email Laura Plotnek-Jones (laura@natecla.org.uk) stating a title and brief overview of your presentation and the name of your organisation OR add these details to your National Conference booking form
  3. If you want to, put together a Powerpoint presentation (more images, less text) which illustrates your talk. Bring it to the venue on a USB (memory) stick. This is not compulsory though.
  4. Promote your involvement in the teachmeet via social media using #NATECLA

>> Don't forget to view a video from last year's Teachmeet on YouTube!