ESOL Research Group at Leeds
Date posted: 19 March 2012
A meeting of the ESOL Research Group will take place on Thursday 19 April 2012, when Martin Nickson will be discussing his research into community- and volunteer-supported classes of ESOL who are adult migrants to the UK.
Informal ESOL : Liberating pedagogy or teaching without a theory?
Against this background, a research project investigating the intersections between policy, pedagogy and learner needs in community and voluntary (non-mainstream) ESOL was started in Hull in 2011. As part of that research, five voluntary teachers from a community ESOL project were interviewed about their teaching practice, strategy and theory in a case study of an educational setting that was informal and non-accredited. The teachers were free to establish their own curriculum without many of the restraints on practice imposed by formal and mainstream settings, and free to draw on a range of theoretical perspectives to inform an emerging pedagogy. The case study sought to investigate how the teachers developed their practice under these conditions. The questions raised by the results of this case study are presented for debate in this research seminar.
All are welcome: no need to book.
The ESOL Research Group is open to anyone with an interest in research into ESOL in the UK, and who is within striking distance of the University of Leeds. This includes - but is not limited to - current students, ESOL researchers, practitioners currently carrying out research, practitioners who are planning to carry out research, and those who have been involved in previous ESOL research. The group is coordinated by James Simpson, School of Education, University of Leeds. Contact: James Simpson firstname.lastname@example.org, 0113 343 4687