Workshop Selection

NATECLA are excited to bring you 6 fantastic workshops designed for teachers, managers and volunteers working within the ESOL, EFL, EAP and community language fields in the UK. 

For each session please choose 1 workshop from the choice of 2 when you book your ticket for the conference. 

Session 1 (11:30 - 12:15)

Assessment and Feedback Online and Off - Bridging the gap - Sam Shepherd - FULLY BOOKED

In this workshop, we will explore a range of ideas for developing assessment tools online, and providing feedback. While this will focus primarily on using digital tools, and making these accessible to students, we will then be looking ahead to how we could use some of these ideas to bridge the classroom online with the face to face classroom in the next academic year. 
 Sam Shepherd is an ESOL teacher and teacher trainer, as well as blogging and writing about ESOL. He has been working in further education colleges for 15 years, after an early career in the private language school sector, and has been an Advanced Practitioner, supporting new and experienced staff with their teaching and learning practice since 2011. 

If you knew Lulu – print on demand technologies - Arthur McKeown 

The workshop introduces and describes our experience of using print on demand technology ( to be able to design, document and deliver a range of different printed English language teaching resources for use with adult migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The process is described in a series of practical steps.

Benefits are identified: lower costs for peer reviewed localised material that suits the needs of adult Learners from Pre-ESOL to Intermediate level.

Some examples are presented of recent publications from Volunteers working in ESOL delivery teams in Belfast and beyond.

Examples will also be given of our experience of using the process, products and benefits for creating and delivering resources to support online delivery of ESOL.

Session 2 (12:30 - 13:15)

The difference between inclusion and inclusiveness - Laila El-Metoui 

What does an inclusive ESOL classroom looks like? How can we teach ESOL in a trauma informed and bias aware manner?  How can we develop an ethical ESOL curriculum which is compassionate and inclusive 
This interactive virtual webinar will look at practical strategies for being inclusive and differentiate between face to face and virtual learning 
Delivered by Laila El-Metoui , Experienced ESOL teacher and teacher trainer
Target ESOL teachers 
Participants will have the opportunity to review their own practice and come away with practical tips being more inclusive of learners' background and personal circumstances. 


Voluntary ESOL During Lockdown and Social Distancing - SAVTE 

The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown us all in to a world and way of working that none of us had ever expected pre March this year.
At this workshop we will share SAVTE’s journey into these uncharted waters. From WhatsApp groups to regular Online ‘Zoom Conversation Groups’
We also want hear about your feedback and your work in this area. We hope this will be a highly interactive workshop and we will learn as much as you do from being there!
Kerry from SAVTE will introduce you to the online conversation groups she has set up with interviews with learners and volunteers. While Salwa will share how we dealt  with learners with low English levels  to involve them in the learning process during the COVID -19 period. Sylvia will introduce and chair the session.

 Kerry Cressey joined SAVTE as a volunteer tutor in 2002. She's been an Outreach and Development Worker at SAVTE since 2007. She has identified and trained groups of local residents to deliver conversation groups to newly arrived refugees and developed linked skills groups across Sheffield. 

Salwa Ahmed spent nearly 10 years working as a lecturer and a researcher in Ain Shams University in Egypt and moved to Sheffield in 2015. She studied ESOL at level 2 then started to volunteer with SAVTE eight months ago. She now has a new role with SAVTE as a Resource Administration and Development worker.

Sylvia Ashton has been an EAL teacher in schools and an ESOL manager in adult education.  She wrote ESOL qualifications at the Open College Network then led Higher Education courses for those teaching ESOL to adults. Since 2017 she has been a trustee for SAVTE. Most recently she’s been working on NATECLA’s Framework of Good Practice for Voluntary ESOL and is now on NATECLA’s management council representing the voluntary sector.


Session 3 (14:30 - 15:15)

Using video conference platform in lockdown: reflections by two online teaching novices - Caroline Large and Christine Tudor-Jones 

Since lockdown, most ESOL teachers have, with little or no preparation, found themselves, like us, facing the challenges of finding their way round suitable online platforms in order to continue to engage their students in language learning. This webinar workshop will share some of our experiences of face to face synchronous class teaching with Zoom and Microsoft Teams.  We will explore the practical and pedagogic issues encountered when trying to transfer a communicative approach to an online classroom and identify on-line versions of some familiar classroom activities.

This workshop is primarily for teachers in the early stages of their ESOL teaching careers but might also interest those with little or no experience of setting up virtual classrooms.  

Phonics for all - why we all need phonics - Sheila Mulvenney 

Phonics is not just for kids! Research shows we all use phonics, though as effective readers we wouldn't always be aware of this. To become effective readers and spellers  we must develop phonic skills and knowledge. If students struggle to read the chances are they don't have these but the good news is they can learn. This workshop will enable you to explore your own phonic skills and gain an understanding of what students need to make rapid progress in reading and spelling. This is vital If you teach ESOL or functional skills English and it will be FUN.
An experienced teacher in both further education and schools, Sheila has worked extensively with those who have struggled with reading and spelling or are ESOL learners. She now delivers training in phonics for functional skills to tutors and training providers to ensure they are equipped to deliver phonics within functional skills, which is essential if students are to become effective readers.