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Language Issues Volume 28.2 out now

Hi Folks,

Please click on the link to view the latest edition of NATECLA’s Journal – Language Issues

Language Issues Volume 28.2



Exciting new edition with  focus on multilingual issues leading with NATECLA’s 2017 conference keynote from James Simpson and Melanie Cooke.

  • Editorial Sally Bird
  • NATECLA National Conference 2017 Keynote Recognising multilingual realities in ESOL James Simpson and Melanie Cooke

Articles: working with refugees and asylum seekers

  •  Stuck in the present continuous: reflections on a month’s teaching in Grande-Synthe refugee camp in Dunkirk Bethany Elce
  •  Training volunteers teaching English in refugee camps in Greece Linda Ruas
  •  Comme une analphabète: teaching displaced people Julia Aliverti
  •  Student action for refugees: an interview with Emily Crowley Sally Bird
  •  Collaborations: English language teacher education and English language learning for migrants Mike Chick


  •  ¡Teacher no entiendo!: Optimizing native language to create equal,quality education Socorro Mendoza
  •  Correcting spoken errors: what, when, why and how? Beth Davies
  •  Learning English in European countries: Albania, Belgium, Norway, Portugal and Turkey NATECLA
  •  Language learning of immigrants in Germany: an “integration” course Jo-Ann Delaney
  •  The importance of ESOL for the victims of modern slavery Kathryn Aldridge-Morris

Research taster

  •  Syrian newcomers and their digital literacy practices Stefan Vollmer

Voices from the classroom

  •  ESOL for parents and carers at a primary school Katy Isaac

Reviews and updates

  •  A Hackney Autobiography: remembering Centerprise Alice Robson
  •  Sharing voices, sharing languages – an update on Guthan nan Eilean – Island Voices Sally Bird
  •  Towards an ESOL strategy for England – one year on: update on the campaign for an ESOL strategy in England NATECLA

NATECLA members’ discount: IATEFL Conference materials writing event

IATEFL’s Materials Writing Special Interest Group (MAWSIG) has partnered with NATECLA to offer all our members a £10 discount off their pre-IATEFL Conference event this year. To qualify, you’ll need to book your place by this Monday 8th January 2018.


  • DATE: Monday 9th April 2018
  • LOCATION: The Brighton Centre, Brighton
  • COST: £68 to NATECLA members instead of £78. Deadline of 8th January 2018.

Event details

This year the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) is holding its annual conference in Brighton, from 10th- 13th April. Attended by approximately 3,000 ELT professionals from more than 100 countries, it involves a 4-day programme of around 500 talks, workshops and symposiums as well as a vibrant social programme.

On the 9th April, the IATEFL Special Interest Groups hold pre-conference events. MaWSIG, the Materials Writing Special Interest Group, would like to invite NATECLA members to attend our PCE as we believe it will be of particular interest to teachers working in ESOL.

English is a global language, and the focus of ELT is no longer on a limited range of learners and settings. We’re developing a broader understanding of who our students are, where they are and what they need. This Pre-Conference Event will examine the implications of this shift for materials writers. To what extent do today’s ELT materials reflect the global use of the language?

This PCE brings together five speakers with expertise in different aspects of writing for the world. They will consider the wide range of contexts where English is taught and will explore how context affects materials design. 

> Find out more about this exciting event and qualify for your NATECLA membership discount by 8th January.


NATECLA Monthly Update

Happy new year and welcome to the short, but perfectly formed, January edition of NATECLA’s Monthly Update.

National Centre have been busy over the last few weeks finalising details of the National Conference programme (6th and 7th July, Conference Aston, Birmingham) and we’ll be excited to release full details in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, if you’re getting CPD withdrawals, the NATECLA Yorkshire and Humberside branch would like to welcome members and non-members alike to their day conference, ESOL and Integration, on Saturday 3rd February at York St John University. At only £15 for members and £25 for non-members, 3 practical workshops and a teachmeet on offer, it represents a fantastic opportunity to learn something new and meet like-minded ESOL professionals.

News from NATECLA
Book NATECLA for your next staff development day

We can provide tailored training delivered directly to your institution by one of our highly rated trainers. This service is provided for both members and non-members and sessions start from only £250 for a 90 minute session.

>> Consider booking NATECLA for your next staff development day.

Skills for Londoners Strategy: NATECLA’s contribution

NATECLA London have responded to the Mayor of London’s draft skills strategy consultation which outlines plans to create a post-16 technical and vocational education and skills system that meets the needs of Londoners and businesses.

>> Read our full response on the NATECLA website

NATECLA events

NATECLA Yorkshire and Humberside Conference: ESOL and Integration

This day conference will give you the opportunity to consider some of the issues relating to ESOL and integration in a thought-provoking way as well as considering how to address these issues in a variety of classroom situations. With the return of the NATECLA Y&H Teachmeet, you will also have the chance to share some of your own teaching tips with other participants!

  • DATE: Saturday 3 February 2018
  • TIME: 9.30 – 16:00
  • LOCATION: York St John’s University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX
  • TICKET PRICES: £15 (members), £25 (non-members)

You will be able to choose to attend three out of the following practical workshops:

  • Language on the Streets: Making use of found language in the classroom, Sam Shepherd
  • Snakes and ladders: setting up a language cafe, Helen Cowgill
  • Bridging cultural difference, Bob Dignen

> Find out more and book from only £15

National Conference: 6 months to go! 

With only SIX months to go until the biggest event in the ESOL calendar, don’t forget to save the date:

  • DATE: Friday 6th to 7th July 2018
  • LOCATION: Conference Aston, Aston University, Birmingham

Our fabulous programme of 42 workshops and two stimulating keynote speakers will be announced very shortly.

Products to promote?

If you run a commercial organisation and would like to book an exhibition stand or find out about our range of sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website for details or contact

Other news

 Flexible Learning Fund: Free workshops for potential bidders

The £10m Flexible Learning Fund offers the chance to apply for grant funding to support projects which aim to design and develop flexible and accessible methods of delivering technical or basic skills to adults. DfE is funding the Education and Training Foundation to host a series of 9 free regional workshops to promote the Fund to potential bidders.

>> Full details can be found on the ETF website

Pearson: a plea for ESOL learners

Pearson is developing a new speaking and listening English language test for people applying for family visas in the UK. The test will be computer-based, with completely automated scoring. To help us do this, we are looking for ESOL learners based in the UK who are studying or have recently studied in an English language course at either A1, A2 or B1 level on the Common European Framework. Doing the test will take 1-2 hours, and after completing the test, test takers will be offered the choice of either £35 of Amazon vouchers or the opportunity to take PTE Academic for free. We are also planning to offer incentives to educational institutions that help us find a certain number of test takers. Please contact for further details.


Using the Arts Effectively in the ESOL Class Workshop – a few places left…

Hi All,

There are still a few places left on ELT Services workshop “Using the Arts Effectively in the ESOL Class”, in Edinburgh on February 3rd.

It aims to demonstrate that ART, POETRY and MUSIC can be used as a lively and interactive aid to learning in any ESOL/ EFL classroom. They would like to stress that no artistic, poetic or musical talent is required either to participate in this training or to use the techniques explored!

Further details can be found by clicking the link to the flyer: Feb 2018 ARTS Flyer