GISIG & LitSIG: Migrant narratives in the EFL and ESOL classroom

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Join the IATEFL Global Issues and Literature SIGs for our joint PCE, addressing a pressing phenomenon in our contemporary world: migration. The reasons why people migrate are many and varied, and the shared stories of these experiences are ever-more socio-politically significant. In our PCE, we shall try to include the narratives of as many kinds of ‘people on the move’ as possible, from emigrants and immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, to seasonal or return migrants. With reference to a wide range of media - the novel, poetry and drama; film and television; visual arts; genre writing and more - we will explore how to bring migrant narratives into the classroom, and how to use literature, art and media to promote social inclusion. 

The running order of the day will take the form of a journey in six passages, across two borders, in search of our final destination. Meet us in the departure lounge before we set off, to introduce yourself and interact with fellow travellers, sharing your own or others’ experiences of migrant work and travel. You are then invited to accompany our six speakers as they discuss creative ways of teaching about migration, teaching migrants, or both. Each 30-minute talk will be followed by a short plenary Q&A, before exploring the issues raised by speakers in greater depth, together with them, through interactive ‘crossroads discussions’ in smaller virtual rooms. At the end of the day, all our PCE participants will receive a comprehensive, complementary bibliography – a suitcase of suggested texts - to unpack for future classroom use.

From the art of storytelling to creative writing, uncovering counter-narratives to integrating migrant music, our PCE aims to provide inspiration, ideas and a wide-ranging index of key texts that can be adopted to address this important topic in our English language classes. We hope you will join us on this journey…

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12th June, 2021 10:00 AM through  6:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Standard fee £ 70.00
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Which SIGs are involved in this event? Global Issues, Literature
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Non members - 70GBP