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NATECLA Scotland: Annual Conference 2020

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NATECLA Scotland forthcoming 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. 


DATE: Saturday 7 November 2020
TIME: 09:45 - 15:00 
TICKET PRICES: £20 (NATECLA members), £40 (non-members), £10 (volunteers and unwaged people)


All ESOL practitioners - from managers and researchers to teachers and trainees - are invited to join us for our online conference. 



Email info@natecla.org.uk if you wish to pay over the phone or if you are a college or institution wanting to book places for staff and we will contact you during normal office hours.



09:45 - 10:00 Welcome, Housekeeping and Zoom Help
10:00 - 10:45 Keynote Speaker 
10:45 - 11:00 Break
 - 11:45 Session 1 (select from workshop A or B) 

11:45 - 12:00 Break

12:00 - 12.45 Session 2 (select from workshop C or D)

12:45 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Session 3 (select from workshop E or F)
14:15 - 14:30 Break
14:30 - 15:00 Open Forum – chaired by Pauline Blake-Johnston and including all our presenters
15:00 Feedback and Goodbye


Keynote speaker - Jo Gakonga - Adjusting to the new normal 

Over the past months, many of us have morphed into online teachers we never thought we would be. In this interactive plenary, we’ll consider how we can continue to reflect and develop our practice in this new space.


Workshop session titles

Option A: Amanda Avison (Dundee and Angus College)

Plays: Planning, Participation and Pronunciation

Have you ever considered getting your students to write and perform their own plays? This workshop is based on my experience with an elementary class. Participants will leave with ideas about how to tackle plays with students and links to free resources which can be adapted to use with different groups.


Option B: Clare Fulton (One World Centre)

British Council Connecting Classrooms Programme as a Motivating Context for ESOL Learners

The British Council Connecting Classrooms Programme is a motivating context for ESOL learners as it focusses on the things which connect and matter to us all through the exploration of the Sustainable Development Goals.  https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/


Option C: Joy Vee (SOHTIS )

ESOL and Human Trafficking – A deeper understanding

Building on last year’s seminar, we will be looking at what constitutes Human Trafficking, and how we can use this definition to inform and empower our students.

We will also look at a very practical tool that we can use, and teach our students to use, in the ongoing fight against Human Trafficking. After this seminar, you will have in your hand a key to unlock chains of Modern Slavery.


Option D: Jeanette Miller (Glasgow Life - Community Learning)

What would Paulo do?
Be inspired again (or for the first time) by some of the ideas of Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire (1921-1997). Two of his main themes are the importance of equality in the teacher / learner relationship and of valuing what learners already know when they begin the learning process.  I want to suggest how these may be applied to ESOL teaching today. 


Option E: Hannah Avison and Shingai Mpunzwana Maramba (City of Edinburgh Council)

Creating Online Learning Resources for ESOL Literacies Learners and Family Learning ESOL (Engaging with families over lockdown)

How the Edinburgh SRP ESOL team navigated the challenges of lockdown to provide an easy-access resource for pre-entry Syrian ESOL learners to learn English at home.


Option F: Jo Jarvis  and Fergus Andrew (Glasgow ESOL Forum)

A Framework for Good Practice in Working with Volunteers in ESOL

With the experience of ESOL practitioners working with volunteers in ESOL in Scotland, Glasgow ESOL Forum have developed a Framework of Good Practice designed to support volunteer involvement in its many forms.  The framework present goals for good practice, with challenge questions, resource suggestions, case studies and an evaluation process to support organisations to develop their work with volunteers in order to support ESOL learners. In the workshop, we will look at how you might use the framework and, as ever, have the opportunity to share practice with peers. 

Request further information
  • Date(s): 07 November 2020 to 07 November 2020
  • Price: Various
  • Location: Online
  • Main contact: Fatima Bibi
  • Email: info@natecla.org.uk

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