NATESOL presents:

 

‘EAL in initial teacher education – fighting for a lost cause?’

by Professor Wasyl Cajkler, University of Leicester.

Wednesday, 13th June 2018, 6pm
 

 

Since the heady days of the publication of Partnership Teaching (DES, 1990), the place of EAL in teacher education, particularly in Schools of Education, has become ever more vulnerable. Once a first subject for small numbers of specialists, time and opportunity to specialise in EAL have dwindled. A recent commentator reports that many new teachers arrive in their first posts with very limited experience of EAL, in some cases confined to a single lecture. Is this because, in some ITE settings, EAL has become a ‘diffuse concern’ to use the words of Constant Leung and to match our now diffuse systems of teacher education? That said, many teacher education programmes work very hard within their inevitable constraints to prepare teachers for the complex diversity of our mainstream classrooms, with option courses, EAL focus days, directed tasks and practical workshops. Before 2010, initial teacher educators had benefitted from a range of initiatives, for example the 2006 EAL Toolkit and the focus on language across the curriculum in 2001-02, the New Arrivals Excellence Programme Guidance (2007). While some initiatives were occasionally overwhelming, recent years have seen very limited activity in support of EAL in teacher education, apart from exhortations to do better.

 

In this session, working from the perspective of an aging teacher educator, I will discuss a number of issues relating to EAL in initial teacher education:

  • The decline in time for focusing on EAL pedagogy
  • The rise of explicit grammar teaching, often diffident, sometimes erratic, and its influence
  • What new teachers need to know about EAL to prepare for the mainstream
  • Ways forward for future practice in the preparation of teachers.

 

About the speaker:

cajkler

Wasyl Cajkler is Professor in Education, Chair of Learning and Teaching at the School of Education, University of Leicester. As Chair of Learning and Teaching, he is currently working on the revision of teacher education at his University, fitting square pegs into many round holes. He teaches on the PGCE, Masters and doctoral programmes in the School of Education. His research interests include lesson study, grammar in the teacher education curriculum and second language learning. He chairs the Lesson Study Research Group (LSRG) at the School of Education in collaboration with other colleagues in Spain and Norway.



His most recent publication, in collaboration with the University of Stavanger is: Larssen, D.L.S; Cajkler, W.; Mosvold, R., Bjuland, R., Helgevold, N., Fauskanger, J., Wood, P., Baldry, F. Jakobsen, A., Bugge, H.E., Næsheim-Bjørkvik, G. and Norton, J. (2018) A literature review of lesson study in initial teacher education: Perspectives about learning and observation, International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, 7(1), 8-22.


 

Wednesday, 13th June 2018

6.00 pm Registration / 6.30 pm -7.45 pm event

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Birley Fields Campus, Brooks Building, Manchester
M15 9RN. Room BR 1.66 (top of the main stairs).

 

Please note – the campus car park can be used by visitors to this event

Map/travel info available at http://www.mmu.ac.uk/staff/travel/cycling-walking/birley_fields_route.pdf


 

Pre-registration is required with Jonathan Nicolson at jtnicolson@hotmail.co.uk or 0161 789 4970.

NATESOL’s programme consists of 6 sessions during the academic year.
* Individual membership per year: £10 - Free attendance at each session
* Institutional membership per year: £50.
* Non-members pay £4 per session, concession £3
To renew your membership, become a new member, or just receive information about future sessions, then please contact:

Jonathan Nicolson at 6 Stafford Rd. Eccles. jtnicolson@hotmail.co.uk or 0161 789 4970.
















































 


 

 



 

NATESOL’s programme consists of 6 sessions during the academic year.
* Individual membership per year: £10 - Free attendance at each session
* Institutional membership per year: £50.
* Non-members pay £4 per session, concession £3
To renew your membership, become a new member, or just receive information about future sessions, then please contact:

Jonathan Nicolson at 6 Stafford Rd. Eccles.  jtnicolson@hotmail.co.uk or 0161 789 4970.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
 
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