Join the IATEFL ESOLSIG committee for their Swap Shop - Lora Agbosa, Vivi Bairami, Pauline Blake Johnston, Mike Chick, Roshii Jolly, Lesley Painter-Farrell and Kathryn Sidaway.

We are continuing our Swap shop series in which we invite ESOL practitioners to come and join us to share ideas for the classroom, materials, concerns, and thoughts about ESOL. It is an open mic of sorts and a great time to network, learn, help, and build community. The ESOL SIG committee will facilitate the discussions. Join us, our swap shops are also fun and very helpful.

Lesley Painter-Farrell, ESOLSIG Coordinator

My name is Lesley Painter-Farrell and I am the ESOLSIG Coordinator. I am the director of the Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the New School University. My connection to ESOL is through the Outreach program I began about ten years ago. This program offers free English classes taught by our MA and certificate students at the university. We work with many different groups including refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. I am excited to work with the ESOL committee and its members.

Mike Chick, Newsletter Editor

Since 1994, Mike Chick has worked as a teacher / teacher educator in Estonia, Spain, South Korea, Greece and the UK.  He is the award leader for the BA (Minor) in TESOL at the University of South Wales and organises and oversees the ESOL collaborative project between the University and the Welsh Refugee Council. He holds a PhD in Second Language Teacher Education.

Kathryn Sidaway, Newsletter Editor

My name is Kathryn and I have worked in ESOL in England since 2007. I taught in FE colleges in Bradford and Coventry, with a short stint as a manager, before going back to university to study for a PhD. I’m currently in my final year at the University of Warwick, researching the language learning motivation of adult ESOL students. I’m really excited to join the IATEFL ESOLSIG committee after attending the SIG events for many years and hope I can make a positive contribution.

Roshii Jolly, Webinar Coordinator

After graduating from the MA TESOL program at The New School University, I began my second career, in teaching English to speakers of other languages, at various adult community programs in New York City, including the IRC where I taught refugees, asylees and newly arrived immigrants. I currently teach in the Intensive English Program at The New School, and also serve as the Outreach Coordinator, allowing me to continue my passion for supporting adult immigrant students. The role of motivation, advocacy and empowerment in the ELT environment interests me greatly. I am thrilled to be part of the IATEFL ESOL SIG committee as the Webinar Coordinator.

Vivi Bairami, Social Media Coordinator

My name is Vivi and I am an English as a Foreign Language teacher. I have taught in Greece, England, Ireland and Italy. I’m currently in the last year of my postgraduate studies in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and my interests include alternative forms of language assessment and learners’ motivations. I am so excited to be part of the ESOLSIG committee as, when I worked as a volunteer ESOL teacher at refugee schools, I found that experience an eye-opening one. I hope my role in the committee will have a positive impact on the SIG.

Pauline Blake-Johnston, Website Coordinator

I am an ESOL Lecturer at Dundee & Angus College in Scotland. I have a long career in both Community ESOL settings and FE College settings. I have particular interests in working with learner engagement and motivation, learner centred tuition as well as empowering learners through language learning. I am delighted to be involved in the IATEFL ESOLSIG as I believe strongly in sharing good practice and connecting ESOL Practitioners to the IATEFL community.


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Event details

Event type:

SIG Webinar


20/01/2022 - 18:00 UK time
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Free of charge