ESOLSIG: The promise of the multilingual classroom
An IATEFL ESOLSIG webinar presented by Sylvia Ashton and Naeema Hann
All language classrooms are multilingual classrooms and all learners bring a treasure chest of linguistic resources with them when they join an English language class. This includes an awareness of languages being culturally situated, of different scripts, of traditions and of shared meanings and new concepts. In this interactive webinar we will share research and ideas which make the most of all the languages in your classroom both to develop the target language and create a more welcoming learning space for all. We will also invite you to sha18th re your own practice. Come and join us to fulfil the amazing promise of the multilingual classroom!
Sylvia Ashton: My passion for ESOL began when I volunteered as an English language supporter as a student at university. Since then I’ve taught and managed primary, secondary and adult ESOL classes. I’ve also worked for the Open College Network awarding body, specialising in ESOL qualifications. I worked at Sheffield Hallam University till 2017, first leading ESOL teacher education and then leading the PG Cert in higher education teaching https://www.natecla.org.uk. I left Hallam to concentrate on writing and the second edition of my book on creative teaching has just been published https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/an-a-z-of-creative-teaching-in-higher education/book270785. I’m currently on the management group of NATECLA https://www.natecla.org.uk and am co chair of trustees for a Sheffield based ESOL charity called SAVTE http://savte.org.uk.
Naeema Hann: My introduction to EFL was in Peshawar where I taught English to Afghan Mujahideen. Currently I teach EAP and lead modules on course design, assessment, materials development, multimedia and independent learning for the MA English Language Teaching and supervise doctoral projects. I am also editor for Language Issues, a part peer-reviewed journal https://www.natecla.org.uk/content/566/Language-Issues-The-ESOL-journal. My current research interests include language learning materials, learner strategies and motivation for language learning, especially in alphabetically low-literate contexts. Multilingual resources are common to all these areas. You can see more about me here https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/dr-naeema-hann/.