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NATECLA Yorkshire and Humber Spring conference, Huddersfield

NATECLA Yorkshire and Humber 1/2 day Spring conference 'ESOL: Strategy and Practice' promises to provide a stimulating Friday afternoon of workshops relevant to all ESOL 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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More workshop information will be available shortly. At present we can confirm the following:

Turning Back the Clock -  Michael Fennell (sessions 1 and 2)

'For ESOL Practitioners an important strategy is helping students gain confidence in Spoken English; a goal that might be measured through success in the Anglia Examinations with their five competencies of Communication, Content, Vocabulary, Grammar and Pronunciation. This is when repetition and drilling come into their own as useful teaching techniques. This workshop will be interactive and relevant with participants taking on the role of teacher in conducting previously demonstrated repetition and drilling exercises. Thus, a method regarded as out dated and even bad practice, can be seen as easy, fun and productive good practice.'

Using newspapers in class - topics to use and avoid  - Tamzin Berridge (sessions 1 and 2)

Current affairs and newspapers can be a rich and interesting source of information to use in class. However, they can also be something of a minefield, particularly in the current unstable political climate. This workshop will discuss the kind of topics that can be used in class and those which may be less appropriate. It will also explore ways to use newspapers in a variety of ways to develop learners’ reading skills, promote discussion and raise learners’ awareness of a variety of topics. These will also be an opportunity for you to try developing a resource based on an article. 

Clare Courtney (Heart & Parcel), Bringing women together, making dumplings & developing ESOL skills (session 1)

Making dumplings involves many hands, communication and teamwork. Heart & Parcel is a community project based in Manchester which uses this process as a method to engage with women from migrant communities using English as the medium. Join us as we look at some of the ways in which Heart & Parcel ESOL sessions combine food, cooking and English language development. 

ESOL meeting EAL - Michaela Oltean, Esther Wilkey and Tom Glew (session 2)

At Bradford College we have developed a new model for our 16-18 ESOL programme of study in which we have implemented elements of Key stage 3 and 4 English curriculum to try and speed up the process of language and knowledge acquisition.  In addition all our students (from Entry 1 to Level 1)  are exposed to samples of literature from the GCSE syllabus and experience the rigours of assignment based portfolio work. 

You will be able to attend 2 workshops – some sessions will be repeated and subject areas have been chosen to have maximum local appeal and relevance.

With thanks to our sponsors for supporting this event:

Main sponsor: Trinity College London

Supporting sponsors: Ascentis Awarding Organisation; Gateway Qualifications

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  • Date(s): 31 March 2017 to 31 March 2017
  • Time: 12:00 - 16:00
  • Price: £10 - members, £20 - non-members, £5 - volunteers / unwaged
  • Location: Kirklees College, Huddersfield
  • Address: The Conference Suite
    Kirklees College
    West Yorkshire HD1 3LD
  • Main contact: Jane Arstall
  • Telephone: +447443601298
  • Email: info@natecla.org.uk

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