NATESOL Conference 2014 in association with the IATEFL Literature, Media and Cultural Studies SIG



Saturday 10th May 2014, 9 am – 5 pm

Salford City College, Walkden Campus, Greater Manchester


‘Transferring identity from the page to the classroom: contemporary literature as a resource for language learners.


Call for Papers

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Identity is one of the main areas of concern in all areas of contemporary literature in English.

With greater mobility, and the freedom to travel more widely than ever before, people today confront themselves and the question of who they are and where they belong more frequently than in the past. Creative writing mirrors these questions closely, and presents fascinating insights into the way human beings deal with them. This conference will work on two levels. First, participants will be offered an overview of the best of contemporary writing in English, particularly that which explores the notion of identity, or perhaps multiple identities.

Second, we hope to explore a variety of ways in which these texts can be used as motivating classroom resources, both to help learners investigate their own sense of identity and to express that identity through the medium of a second

We are looking for 50 minute workshops on all aspects of this topic, from examinations of the work of particular writers, through different approaches to identity taken by a range of writers, to practical ideas for using texts dealing with identity in the classroom.

Please send proposals, using the accompanying  form, simultaneously by email to the organisers:

Mike Beaumont (NATESOL) at

David A. Hill (LMCS SIG) at

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   Friday 28th February, 2014.

 We look forward to hearing from you.

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