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NATECLA North West Spring Conference: University of Bolton

NATECLA North West's forthcoming Spring conference provides a rare opportunity for ESOL professionals from across the region and beyond to engage in an afternoon of high quality, stimulating teacher training workshops and to meet with like-minded professionals. 

Block bookings welcome – please email info@natecla.org.uk for more details

All ESOL practitioners - from managers and researchers to teachers and trainees - are invited to join us for an innovative programme of practical workshops and networking opportunities. 

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Workshop titles

You will be able to attend 2 workshops from the options below. Subject areas have been chosen to have maximum local appeal and relevance:

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  • 1.00-1.30 – Registration/tea/coffee/resources
  • 1.30-2.00 – Introduction and welcome including mini keynote by Laura Mackey (MAES) on ESOL Mapping project for the North West + housekeeping
  • 2.00-3.00 workshop 1
  • 3.00-3.30 – tea/coffee
  • 3.30-4.30 – workshop 2

Workshop details

WORKSHOP 1: Embedding British Values, Sarah Telfer, University of Bolton 

Are ‘British Values’ exclusively ‘British’?  Or are they simply part of the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the BREXIT campaign? There are many potential challenges faced by teachers in the current educational climate post Brexit. This workshop will explore the effects of British Values on the teaching of  ESOL and will examine this in relation to subsequent government policies such as PREVENT.  It will explore a common understanding of the role of a teacher with regard to ‘promoting’ British Values and discuss how this might contribute to the development of citizenship and literacy skills.   The workshop will offer examples of how to sensitively embed these areas into lesson planning and show examples of activities that teachers can use in their literacy and ESOL classes.

About Sarah Telfer  

Sarah Telfer is Associate Professor and Lecturer in Teacher Education, University of Bolton. Her specialist area of research focus is on the use of narrative storytelling to promote engagement and interaction in the language classroom.

WORKSHOP 2: Memory Strategies, Anne Margaret Smith                                                                                 

Learning a language requires a lot of memory work, and for some students this is a major stumbling block. This workshop demonstrates some simple techniques that can be used in the language classroom (and across the curriculum) to support learners for whom memory issues are the main barrier to learning. 

About Anne Margaret Smith 

Anne Margaret is a language teacher, teacher trainer, author and assessor. She founded ELT well in 2005 to promote the overlap between specific learning differences (SpLDs, such as dyslexia) and language learning. She has developed assessment tools to allow multilingual learners to be assessed fairly for dyslexia, and also runs workshops exploring how best to support language learners with SpLDs.

WORKSHOP 3: Cultural Sensitivity: Basing Activities on Life Experience, Michael Fennell

In this workshop, the participants will participate in a language activity that practises the past simple. Seemingly innocuous, it was used successfully many times as a communicative, authentic use of English activity that was until during class feedback, a German teacher of English remarked that she would not be able to use this exercise as it stood, sparking agreement from Spanish and Italian English language teachers: the common denominator being they all taught refugees. The workshop will examine possible changes to the activity and will have participants carry out another experience and visual based language activity. 

About Michael Fennell                                                                                                                                         

Michael Fennell is an experienced TEFL practitioner. Returning to the UK after 30 years working in Europe, Africa,  Central America , the Middle and Far East, he now works as a teacher trainer for Alliance4Innovation and   International Study Programmes.

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  • Date(s): 20 April 2018 to 20 April 2018
  • Time: 13:00 - 16:30
  • Price: £10 - members, £20 - non-members, £5 - volunteers / unwaged
  • Location: University of Bolton
  • Address: Deane Campus
    Deane Road
    Bolton BL3 5AB
  • Main contact: Jane Arstall
  • Telephone: +447443601298
  • Email: info@natecla.org.uk

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