NATECLA National Conference – E is for Englishes

This is reposted from the NATECLA website:

World Englishes are expanding and evolving just as our ESOL classrooms are expanding and evolving. NATECLA’s Yorkshire and Humberside branch have chosen ‘E is for Englishes’ as the theme for our thirty-fifth National Conference to examine the extraordinary varieties of English that our learners are exposed to. We are pleased to announce that the main sponsors will be The University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and the British Council.

While the English language continues to evolve both within the UK and abroad, orally, in print and digitally, the ESOL classroom is also evolving. We are now teaching English in a variety of contexts to our already heterogeneous groups of ESOL learners – ESOL & maths, ESOL & family learning, ESOL & childcare, ESOL & work, to name but a few.

This year promises to mirror this variety throughout the conference, with an array of workshops, opportunities to network with colleagues, browse and buy at the resources exhibition and relax in pleasant surroundings on the edge of the Peak District with delicious food and excellent company.

We are delighted to invite Steve Walsh to be our keynote this year. Steve is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. He has been involved in English Language Teaching for more than 20 years and has worked in a range of overseas contexts, including Hong Kong, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Poland and China. His research interests include professional discourse, classroom discourse, teacher development, second language teacher education, educational linguistics and analyzing spoken interaction. He has published extensively in these areas and is the Editor of the journal Classroom Discourse published by Routledge.

On Saturday and Sunday there will be a diverse range of workshops on offer, delivered by both new and familiar faces to NATECLA, on themes ranging from LGBT to writing engaging fiction, from making and using sound effects in the language classroom, to getting creative with grammar teaching. The full workshop list is available overleaf and delegates will be able to book specific workshops using the form on the final page.

On Sunday, following the final workshop session, the conference will be rounded off with a closing panel session. Whether you are coming for the whole event or just for the day, you will be most welcome. And of course attendance at NATECLA conferences can count towards your continuing professional development requirement.

The Endcliffe Village is part of the University of Sheffield and is set within a quiet residential area, offering beautiful landscaped grounds and just a short walk away from a great selection of shops, public houses, restaurants and cafes. Located on a main bus route and a 20 minute walk from Sheffield city centre, The Endcliffe Village offers a peaceful place to stay but is within easy access of all the main attractions Sheffield has to offer.

‘E is for Englishes’ is the ESOL event of the year. Whether you are coming on your own or with a group of colleagues, for the whole event or just for the day, the conference offers you the chance to discuss the latest developments, air your views and take part in networking opportunities.

You can book a place at the conference here.


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