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NATECLA Midlands Winter Conference - 6th December 2019

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NATECLA Midlands Winter Conference - 6th December 2019

NATECLA Midlands branch are delighted to invite you to our Winter Half Day Conference 2019. 

It promises to provide a stimulating Friday afternoon of workshops relevant to all ESOL professionals!

  • DATE: Friday 6 December 2019
  • TIME: 13:00 - 17:00 
  • LOCATION: South & City College Birmingham, Digbeth Campus, High Street, Deritend, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5SU 
  • TICKET PRICES: £10 (members), £20 (non-members), £5 (volunteers and unwaged people)

Delegates can choose 2 workshops, both of which they can attend with a 30 min break in between. 

  1:00 Meet and registration – Sponsor exhibitions and NATECLA resources 
1:30-2:45 workshop 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibitions 
3:15 – 4:30 workshop 2 
AGM : 4:30-5:00


Delegates can choose TWO workshops from the following: 

Workshop A: Nathan Rogan - Keeping Learning Fun: A Toolkit of Lively Lesson Activities
Learning should be fun! In this workshop, you will take part in four different types of activity, which are easy to plan and prepare, yet designed to draw learners' attention back to the class, through games, group work and competition. Aimed at all age groups, and not just for ESOL teaching, this workshop should equip you with some simple ideas to keep your teaching fun: ‘Flog It’ – a group-based activity whereby learners compete to ‘buy’ sentences; ‘Kahoot! Jumble’ – an interactive activity; ‘Pictionary and Whiteboards’ – activities using dry-wipe boards; ‘TPR Activities’ – two physical activities which involve moving around the class.
Nathan says: I am Teaching, Learning & Assessment Quality Improvement Leader at Preston's College, teaching both GCSE English and ESOL. I have taught ESOL for 5 years and have a passion for the subject and making learning fun and enjoyable.

Workshop B: Aleks Palanac -   Working with Trauma in the Refugee Language Classroom
Although not usually trained therapists, language teachers have an opportunity to create the psycho-social conditions in which refugee students who have experienced trauma can begin to recover and even grow from their experience. Indeed, in many refugee contexts around the world, language teachers are often among those in the front line of service providers, while therapists are often absent or in very short supply. This talk will explore how the English language teachers can harness this opportunity to make their classrooms into safe spaces in which trauma symptoms can be reduced, and in which post-traumatic growth can be actively fostered.
Aleks says: Currently an EAP tutor at the University of Leicester, I am heavily involved in its University of Sanctuary initiative, particularly pertaining to widening participation for asylum seekers and refugees through an English language pathway. I've delivered teacher training to volunteer English language teachers of refugees in the UK and in Greece, and am currently conducting research into how trauma-informed pedagogies can be applied in this context.

Workshop C: Jess Elmore (Learning and Work) and John Sutter (Learning Unlimited) - Effective practice in Pre-Entry and Entry Level 1 ESOL
In need of inspiration for your pre-Entry and Entry Level 1 ESOL classes? This workshop introduces a range of effective practical guidance and tools to support ESOL delivery at pre-Entry and Entry Level 1, and new teaching and learning materials for pre-Entry ESOL. The resources, commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation, have been developed by Learning and Work Institute and Learning Unlimited, with the input of learners and ESOL practitioners. They are suited for use in a range of ESOL settings, including colleges, community-based courses and provision which involves the use of volunteers to support language learning.

Workshop D: Penny O’Callaghan : Making progress with Pre-entry level learners
Making Progress with Pre-entry Level Learners: This workshop will explore the many challenges ESOL practitioners face when working with learners at pre-entry level across communication, literacy and thinking skills. We will specifically look at ways Trinity ESOL Step 1 and 2 Awards support these learners to develop the skills and confidence progress to ESOL Entry 1 level qualifications. These activity ideas will be useful to any teacher, experienced or new,  working with very low-level learners, or those who will be preparing students for Trinity ESOL Step 1 and 2 Awards. 

Workshop leader: Penny O’Callaghan currently works for Trinity College London as an examiner, materials writer and a member of the Academic Support Team. Post University she worked for a year as a VSO English teacher in Indonesia. Since then, and for most of her career, she has worked in the FE sector, primarily in West London. She led on a major expansion of the ESOL provision at Uxbridge College to meet the needs of the newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers, as well as the longer established Indian subcontinent communities. She has also worked with Hounslow College in the beginner programme, and basic ESOL literacy provision, and was responsible for introducing ESOL examinations, developing teacher training provision, quality monitoring, and support for community based classes in Hounslow and Southall.


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  • Date(s): 06 December 2019 to 06 December 2019
  • Time: 13:00-17:00
  • Price: £10 (members), £20 (non-members), £5 (volunteers and unwaged people)
  • Location: South & City College Birmingham
  • Address: South & City College Birmingham, Digbeth Campus, High Street, Deritend, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5SU B5 5SU
  • Main contact: Fatima Bibi
  • Telephone: 07443 601298
  • Email: info@natecla.org.uk

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