Countdown to NATECLA National Conference 2013

It’s almost July, and in the ESOL events calendar that means one thing: the NATECLA National Conference is nearly upon us!!


This year the conference is taking place at the University of Sheffield on 5-7 July.

NATECLA London is going to be well-represented at the event, with both Laila El-Metoui and Mike Harrison leading workshops over the weekend, and a number of other London committee members may also attend this weekend of CPD, catching up and fun.

Details of Laila and Mike’s workshops are as follows:

Who: Laila El-Metoui

What: Breaking the ice: dealing with LGBT issues in the ESOL classroom

When: Saturday 6 July, 9.15am

The presentation will explore the need to foster a welcoming atmosphere where all feel free to talk about themselves, their identities and personal lives, should they choose to do so. Contextualised within the new Ofsted CIF (Common Inspection Framework), the talk will offer practical ideas to managers and ESOL practitioners and highlight the need to have an approach fully integrated within the curriculum. The session will look at a range of activities ESOL practitioners can incorporate in their Scheme of Work and will equip participants with practical tools for tackling homophobia, transphobia and biphobia at all levels. Delegates will have the opportunity to reflect on their own practice and share good practice.

Who: Mike Harrison

What: Sound activities – finding, making and using sound effects in the language classroom

When: Saturday 6 July, 11.15am

Sound affects us all in different ways – alarms can shock us and music can move us emotionally as two examples. Using sound effects as a stimulus in the language classroom can encourage our learners to mak of their imagination for productive work. This workshop will show how you can find, make and use sound for classroom activities. Participants are highly encouraged to bring any mobile devices (smartphones, mp3 players, tablets) that they have.

Laila is also delivering a workshop on a similar theme to her NATECLA session outlined above for Learning Unlimited on Tuesday 25 June. You can see details and book a place on this course here:

We hope you can make it!!


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