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CANCELLED - NATECLA East of England and Midlands Spring Conference

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The NATECLA East of England and Midlands branches are once again holding a joint online Conference.


DATE: Friday 18 March 2022

TIME: 13:45 - 16:40
TICKET PRICES: £10 (NATECLA members), £20 (non-members), £5 (volunteers and unwaged people)




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. 



13:45               Session opens
13:50 - 14:10   Keynote speaker – Refugee Landscape (Parminder Singh Garcha from Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Partnership)
14:10 - 14:50   Keynote 2 (tbc)
14:50 - 15:30   Workshop Session 1 (Choose from A, B, C or D)
15:30 - 16:10   Workshop Session 2 (Choose from A, B, C or D)
16:15 - 16:40   Kahoot Quiz
16:40               Close


Workshop choices


Mary Osmaston – Learning Better for the Long Term 

Learning a language is cumulative, so our students need to remember what they’ve learnt in order to build on it at the next stage and to use it in their lives.  In this workshop we will look at some of the research into long-term learning and find out which teaching activities are most effective in promoting this.


Chris Walklett - ‘Real’ English & ideas on how to approach it in the ESOL classroom

One of the roles of the ESOL teacher is to teach the kind of language students are likely to need to use in the outside world. But much more important and useful than productive use is receptive understanding of the language they are likely to hear on a day-to-day basis.

This diverse session will look at what constitutes ‘real’ English including focusing on cultural misunderstanding, slang, euphemism, idioms, responding appropriately, and other ‘common usage’ items, even touching on the taboo, AKA bad, language.

This session will focus not only on vocabulary, but also briefly on grammar and pronunciation. Ideas and activities will include role plays and listening tasks.


Carol Samlal – Making Sustainability Matter

So far, the focus has been on how to embed sustainability in our lessons and what resources are available. However, there are other elements to teaching sustainability that are integral to its value both in the classroom and beyond.
This workshop will explore how to ‘join the dots’ to better understand how to connect the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) to current issues in the world. We will pay particular attention to the displacement of people due to climate change or conflict/war, for example what is happening in Ukraine. Workshop participants should then be able to have a better appreciation of the SDGs, and how to relate this in a meaningful way as part of their lessons, classroom and life beyond the college.

Judy Kirsh - Working with ‘New to ESOL’ learners

Do you work with New to ESOL (ESOL literacy or pre-entry) learners? This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to find out more about the New to ESOL resources, including the Phonics pack, and the new Outcomes Framework - resources which are designed to support you if you are teaching at this level.


Email info@natecla.org.uk if you wish to pay over the phone and we will contact you during normal office hours.

Please contact info@natecla.org.uk to book if you are a college or other institution.



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  • Date(s): 18 March 2022 to 18 March 2022
  • Price: Various
  • Location: Online
  • Main contact: Fatima Bibi
  • Email: info@natecla.org.uk

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