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

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Judy Kirsh explores 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. She begins with a brief overview of possible approaches and theories of literacy learning, followed by a closer examination of the ‘language experience’ approach. December 2011, Leicester.

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The ESOL debate, Belfast 2012

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Dr Philida Schellekens explores the quality of teaching and learning in further education, adult and community learning and work-based training. The debate looked at factors which would lift the effectiveness of classroom practice and discussed which areas can be implemented by ESOL teachers themselves. September 2011, London.

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Choosing and using resources with ESOL learners

Dot Powell, manager of the British Council's project to create a portal for ESOL teachers and learners, looks at criteria we use to make judgements about ESOL materials, and offers a first look at the ESOL Nexus website. February 2012, Belfast.

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Language and literacy as social practice

Pauline Moon explores the idea of 'language and literacy as social practices'. She uses activities and discussion to consider how to support learners in using the culturally situated language and literacy practices they encounter in daily life. December 2011, Leicester.

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The ESOL debate, London 2011

Philida Schellekens provides an introduction and feedback on a debate about the state of ESOL teaching and learning in the UK. September 2011, London.

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Finding Home: a film about learning English at the Refugee Council

The film explores the opportunities and challenges experienced by refugees newly arrived in the UK and engages with the need for refugees to develop their written and spoken English as soon as they arrive here. June 2011, London.

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Vocabulary for the IELTS listening module

Sam McCarter looks at ways of learning vocabulary for the listening module in IELTS. May 2011, Edinburgh.

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Online CPD

Phil Bird and Mike Harrison talk about on-line continuing professional development opportunities. 2011.

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Exploring the UK ESOL/EFL Divide

Caroline Wilkinson and Amanda Wilson discuss a holistic approach to teaching, focusing on learners’ individual needs and the appropriateness of either an academic or vocational route. 2011.

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Teaching reading in the ESOL classroom

Philida Schellekens presents findings from the Cambridge ESOL sponsored research she carried out into first and second language acquisition with a specific focus on reading. 2011.

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