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British Council Seminars - Leicester, Tuesday 6th December

10 November 2011
ESOL, Literacy
East Midlands

Tuesday 06 December 2011,
1800 - 2030
University of Leicester,
Charles Wilson Building,
University Road,
Leicester, LE1 7RH

 (A) ESOL learners with basic literacy needs - where do I start?

With Judith Kirsh

The aim of this session is to explore some of the different approaches involved in teaching basic literacy to ESOL learners who have no, or very little, literacy in English or any other language. We will begin with a brief overview of possible approaches and theories of literacy learning, followed by a closer examination of the 'language experience' approach.  We will watch a video of a teacher using this approach and then discuss how this technique could be used in your own teaching contexts.

Judy Kirsh has worked in the field of ELT for over 25 years as a teacher, teacher-trainer and Skills for Life consultant. Whilst at LLU+ London South Bank University, she was involved in developing and delivering ESOL professional development modules and courses (including e-learning), and led on the development of the updated ESOL citizenship materials in 2010. She has a Masters degree in ELT and is the current Chair of NATECLA.

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(B) Language and literacy as social practice

With Pauline Moon 

In this session we will explore the idea of 'language and literacy as social practice'.  We will use activities and discussion to consider how this idea might help us to support learners to use the culturally situated language and literacy practices they encounter in daily life.  We will also discuss the implications for topics, and why we might embrace, rather than discourage, topics that are sometimes considered controversial.

Pauline Moon has been a teacher educator for over 10 years and has worked in ESOL/EFL for over 25 years. Pauline is currently working on a PGCE/Cert Ed at City Lit, in London, and until recently worked at LLU+ London South Bank University, on ESOL teacher education programmes. 

Who is this for?

All EFL/ESOL teachers (newly qualified to experienced).


1800 -  1815 Welcome and refreshments

1815 -  1900 Presentation A

1900 -  1915 Comfort break and refreshments

1915 -  2000 Presentation B

2000 -  2030 Reception

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