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Guest speakers


NATECLA is delighted to announce the following guest speakers for this year's event:

Dr Philida Schellekens - Friday 6th July, 19:30 - 20:30

The ESOL Quiz: What do we know about ESOL and our learners?

About the session:

The ESOL quiz will be centred around statements on teaching and learning ESOL, and the skills and needs of migrants and refugees. The quiz will go online two weeks before the NATECLA National Conference and will lead to a lively, interactive and thought-provoking session. Check your inboxes from the end of June to make sure you have a chance to contribute to the session!

Dr Philida Schellekens

About Philida:

Thirty five years ago Philida found ES(O)L while living in Australia and fell in love with language teaching and its migrant and refugee learners.  Teaching English has remained a core and enduring interest and has led to a varied professional life, with 27 years as an independent consultant, researcher, teacher trainer and post-16 inspector. A key area of expertise is in language learning in the work and vocational training context, which has led her to become familiar with medical equipment servicing, aircraft hangars, and soap-making. In addition to the UK and Ireland, Philida has worked in India, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Oman.  Philida was chair of NATECLA for two years in the nineties and it is a delight to be giving a talk at National Conference!  

Some of Philida’s publications: Teaching and Testing the Language Skills of First and Second Language Speakers (2011); Cause and effect: The Impact of the Skills for Life Strategy on Language Assessment (2009) CUP; The Oxford ESOL Handbook (2007 OUP); Language in Construction CITB (2004); Advanced Learners in ESOL Case studies, NRDC (2004); English Language as a Barrier to Employment, Education and Training (2001) DfE.



Silvana Richardson - Saturday 7th July, 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Silvana RichardonMaking learning visible to ESOL learners and their teachers 

About the talk

One important area that has received increased attention recently is the need for teachers to ensure that what is being learnt and how well it is being learnt is clearly visible to both themselves and their learners, as this information is fundamental to determining the direction of subsequent teaching and learning. This talk will explore the importance of making learning visible and will present a range of practical strategies to get more and better evidence of learning that have been found to have very high effects on learning and that can be very beneficial to ESOL learners and teachers.

About Silvana

Silvana Richardson is Head of Teacher Development at Bell Educational Services, Academic Director at Bell Teacher Campus, Cambridge, and Programme Quality Manager at the Bell Foundation. 


She has worked in English Language Teaching for 30 years as teacher and academic manager, and has trained ESOL, EAL, EFL, MFL, CLIL and subject teachers and trainers in the state and private sectors both in the UK and abroad. During her six years in Further Education she worked at Hastings College, where she was ESOL lecturer, CertTESOL course tutor and team leader, Advanced Practitioner Lead and ESOL guest lecturer in the PGCE and CertEd.. She has been Director of the Bell Delta Online and has written materials for Cambridge University Press and the Bell Delta Online Modules.  Silvana is a speaker in international conferences and a Quality Assurance inspector, is PGCE and Delta qualified, and holds an MA in Teacher Education with an ESOL subject specialism.