What does migration mean to you?
How can we explore this theme in the context of a participatory classroom?
What action can we take with our learning communities to address the injustices and inequalities around migration?
English for Action's 2015 conference will bring together educators interested in sharing and developing their understanding of participatory ESOL. This year, workshops will be organised around the theme of migration. The day will give participants a chance to explore this topic, with activities structured around English for Action's learning process: 'making meaning, going deeper and broadening out'. This is a model which can be replicated in the ESOL classroom and other participatory learning contexts.
Space will be made throughout the day for discussion and exchange of ideas and conference participants will leave with a range of new practical tools, insights and connections which will enrich their teaching and facilitation. The event will be an exciting opportunity to share and develop practical knowledge of participatory methods with like-minded practitioners.
Who is the conference for?
The event is primarily aimed at ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teachers and lecturers. It will also be relevant for those campaigning with migrants and refugees, and anyone with an interest in participatory pedagogy.
What do you mean by 'participatory ESOL'?
Participatory ESOL is a radical approach to language learning - and a growing movement across the UK. It's inspired by the critical pedagogy of Brazilian Marxist educator, Paulo Freire, who believed that education is never neutral - it either upholds or challenges the status quo. The participatory approach rejects the idea that students are passive vessels to be filled with the teacher's knowledge. Instead, all participants (including the teacher) are encouraged to engage critically with the learning process. Curriculum is developed through group dialogue, based on participants' pre-existing experiences, knowledge and daily reality. Language learning is driven by meaningful exchanges between participants in the group, rather than the form through which communication can be achieved. By nurturing exploratory, critical dialogue within the classroom, participants become better able to constructively question orthodoxies outside the classroom. For more information have a look at Reflect ESOL's Vision and Values and 'What is Participatory ESOL'?, the first chapter in the British Council's book 'Language issues in migration and integration'.