NALA ESOL Conference 2018

NALA ESOL Conference 2018

(ESOL is English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Methodologies and resources for ESOL

Thursday 22 March 2018 - 9.30am to 4pm

The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8

9.30 Registration: tea and coffee

10.00 Welcome and opening remarks
Chair: Eileen Condon, Further Education and Training Director, Tipperary Education and Training Board (ETB)

10.10 NALA update
Fergus Dolan, Literacies Development Worker, NALA 

10.20 Recommendations from report on review of ETBI ESOL provision
Mary Kett, Educational Consultant

10.40 Positioning ESOL to better meet the social and economic needs of low-skilled migrants
Michael Donohoe, Further Education and Training Co-ordinator, Cavan and Monaghan ETB

11.00 Framework on developing fluency in English language
Jillian Frayne, ESOL Tutor and School Support Liaison Officer, Youth and Education Service for Refugees and Migrants, City of Dublin ETB 

11.20 Questions and answers 

11.40 Coffee break and networking

12.00 to 1.30 Workshops:

A. Practical phonics for the ESOL classroom – Angus O’Riordan and Peader Glennon, ESOL tutors, SPIRASI and Dublin Adult Learning Centre

B. Embedding numeracy into ESOL teaching – Ana Marques, ESOL and Adult Literacy Tutor, VTOS and Clare Adult Basic Education Service, Limerick and Clare ETB 

C. Using authentic, Irish-based texts in ESOL: Creating collaborative and motivating activities – Jane Brennan and Eleanor Neff, ESOL tutors, Kerry ETB 

D. Practical grammar tips and techniques for the ESOL classroom – Pascal Lally, ESOL literacy tutor, Galway and Roscommon ETB and Teacher trainer, NUIG

E. Preparing ESOL students for Cambridge English language exams (PET and First Certificate) – Kerry O’Sullivan and Thomas Barry, ESOL tutors, Clare Adult Basic Education Service, Limerick and Clare ETB

1.30 Lunch

2.30 to 4.00 Workshops:

F. Practical phonics for the ESOL classroom – Angus O’Riordan and Peader Glennon, ESOL tutors, SPIRASI and Dublin Adult Learning Centre

G. Intercultural storytelling – Peter Sheekey, CEO and Academic Director, Intercultural Language Service, Dublin.

H. Using authentic, Irish-based texts in ESOL: Creating collaborative and motivating activities – Jane Brennan and Eleanor Neff, ESOL tutors, Kerry ETB 

I. Using creative approaches to engage and retain ESOL students – Dipankar Biswas, Adult Literacy Tutor, Psychotherapist and Play Therapist, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board 

J. ESOL literacy students: What skills to teach? - Jillian Frayne, ESOL Tutor and School Support Liaison Officer, City of Dublin ETB 

4.00 Close

Registration fee: 

The conference fee is €30 if:

  • your organisation is a NALA member; or
  • you joined NALA as an individual member, paying €25.

Otherwise, the conference fee is €60 if you are:

  • a member who joined NALA for free; or
  • a non-member.

See more about joining NALA. If the conference fee is difficult for you or your organisation, please contact Fergus Dolan in NALA at fdolan@nala.ie

Securing your place:
We require payment of the conference fee to secure your place. You can pay directly to NALA by online transfer, credit card, cash or postal order. Alternatively, we can send an invoice to you or your organisation – just select this option on the booking form and let us know where you would like the invoice to be sent. If you have not told us the person and organisation that we should invoice, we will send the invoice directly to you.

Cancellation policy:
If you register for the event and cannot attend, please let us know. If you cancel without giving us two days’ notice, the full cost will be charged to you or your organisation.

Context:
This conference will look at ‘Innovation in the teaching and learning of adult literacy, numeracy and digital skills’ (Objective 2 of NALA Strategic Plan 2017 – 2019). It will help to prioritise ‘low-skilled and unemployed migrants’ (Element 9 of Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - FET Strategy) and ‘facilitate literacy provision for personal, family, social and community contexts’ (Element 6 of Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - FET Strategy).