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Training with Jenny Roden


About Jenny Roden

Jenny RodenJenny has forty years of experience in the field of ESOL and ELT as a teacher, manager, teacher trainer and materials writer. She is currently working as a freelance consultant and is co-chair of NATECLA.

She has set up and run courses in Trinity Cert TESOL and the Additional Diploma for Literacy and Numeracy (ADTLLS). She is skilled at tailoring courses to meet the precise requirements of ESOL and ELT students as well as other clients, such as employers, social services, and educational establishments. Training delivered for these clients includes language awareness, embedding English and ESOL into vocational courses and the education and training needs of refugees. 

Jenny has a master’s degree in Educational Studies and has edited the NATECLA journal, ‘Language Issues’. She was a member of the Advisory Group for the British Council ESOL Nexus project. She has written for a number of Macmillan ELT series as well as for NATECLA publications. 

Jenny is offering the following ELT training sessions for NATECLA Training - please note all workshops can be talior-made to your group's requirements:

  • How to be creative under pressure
  • How to be creative when tracking progress and assessing learning in ESOL
  • Using drama and roleplay in the ESOL classroom
  • Embedding language and literacy into vocational courses
  • Employability skills for low level learners
  • Use of mother tongue in creative writing
  • Using authentic materials
  • Writing your own materials.
  • Language awareness for front-line staff
  • Language awareness for vocational tutors
  • Teaching Basic Literacy skills.
  • Designing a vocational ESOL course.
  • Using learners as a resource.
  • Promoting interaction in the ESOL classroom.

How to be creative under pressure

This half day session addresses the constant pressure on tutors to get learners through accreditation. It can sap creativity and narrow the focus of tutors and learners. And yet, by adopting a creative approach, tutors can revitalise their lessons and make them more relevant and useful to learners without losing the input they need for the exam. Areas covered include using the learners as a resource, creating resources quickly and easily using authentic materials and livening up the approach to practice tests.

How to be creative when tracking progress and assessing learning in ESOL

In this interactive half day session participants will explore a variety of creative assessment techniques and apply them to the process of setting targets and reviewing progress in an ESOL classroom. They will share ideas on how to engage learners in the learner journey and look at what kind of documentation best suits the process. How to write SMART targets can be included as an optional element. 


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