Big challenges and small solutions19th March, 2012
Overview:• ESOL – creating the conditions for integration?• The ESOL Nexus project – an overview• Three big challenges and a few small solutions
A: Good morning, can I help you?B: Hi, yes, I’ve got an appointment with Dr. MulliganB: Can I have your name, please?A: Yes, it’s Mrs PowellB: Here we are, 10.30. Would you like to take a seat in the waiting room?
ESOL – creating the conditions forintegration? Published 21 Feb 2012 Department for communities and local government
English facilitating integration:“Integration comes from everyday life, and long-term social andeconomic challenges create barriers to a more integratednation.People come together through day-to-day activities, notintegration projects which too often feel irrelevant and proveunsustainable. ” Creating the conditions for Integration, Pg 8
Integration facilitating English “…the degree to which a learner acculturates to the target- language group will control the degree to which he acquires the second language” (Schumann, 1978a: 34)
The ESOL Nexus projectBackgroundEuropean Integration Funded (EIF) projects enhance the integration ofthird country nationals who have migrated to the United Kingdom over thelast 10 years.The 3 year ESOL Nexus project commenced on 1 July 2011AimsTo provide the target group with opportunities to develop their Englishlanguage, citizenship and work skills via web-based resources.To engage with 48,000 learners over 3 years (and their teachers)
Key features of the projectA unique online portal providing easy access to resources for learners,teachers, providers and policy makersPilot centres trialling resources and serving as a vehicle for engagementwith learners and teachersA diverse team of ESOL specialists throughout the UK developing newmaterials to meet the needs of ESOL learners, with a focus on interactionin society and vocational contexts.
“Everyday life” – three challenges1. The language that learners really need2. The language that people really use3. “Ready for anything” - language for unexpected outcomes
The language that learners really needWith a partner, brainstorm a list of situations in which youhave used spoken English to get something done(transactional language) over the last week or so.You have 3 minutes!
My list•Working out how to split the bill with a friend in a café•Persuading the courier to collect as well as deliver something•Telling someone they’ve called the wrong number•Buying an egg and bacon muffin•Finding out about my daughter’s progress at parents’ evening•Giving the dentist’s receptionist my details•Telling the hairdresser how long to cut my fringe•Arranging an MOT for my car•Calling the school absence-reporting line•Dealing with the NatWest Bank fraud department
Small solutionsNeeds analysis “What do you need English for?”“When do you find it difficult to communicate in English?”Developing resources for a wider range of contextsParents’ eveningDriving in the UKWorking as a volunteerBeing self-employedReading aloud to your children
The language people really useA: Do you want to come over here? 1B: Right, thanks (3 secs) thank you. 2A: Tea or coffee? 3B: Can I have tea please? 4A: Do you want any sugar? 5B: Er, no milk or sugar, just black thanks 6C: Right 7B: I hate it when your hair gets so, you know a bit long 8 [C: Yeah] and it’s just straggly. 9
Small solutionsAuthentic sourcesAt the post office:Working in a charity shop
“Ready for anything” – language for unexpected outcomesWith a partner:Thinking back to your list of situations in which you have usedspoken English to get something done (transactional language) overthe last week or so, how many of these transactions went smoothly?Did the person you were speaking to always say what you expectedthem to?You have 2 minutes!
Small solutionsWrong time, wrong placeLesson PlansDeveloping communication strategiesHow to…
How you can get involved• Sign today up for further updates on the progress of the portal• Publicise the project to colleagues and learners• Get involved in piloting materials• Follow us on Twitter @ESOLNexus• Attend future workshops and events• Contribute to online blogs and opportunities to leave feedback on the website• Access online CPD Modules and other training opportunitiesFor further information contact: Dot.Powell@britishcouncil.org