If you are not already an ‘Institutional Member’ of NATESOL, the Committee would like to invite you to join this professional organisation. We are confident, with the evidence of Inspectors’ comments, that membership adds prestige to institutions, provides essential CPD for staff and enlivens the experience of learners.

In ‘usual times’ we provide 5 face to face sessions a year and an annual conference. Last year’s conference themes were ‘Materials, Technology and Affect in Language Teaching’; in 2018 we focused on ‘‘Special Education Needs, Disability and the Second Language Learner’. Sessions bring together expertise and insights from research in second language teaching and learning, as well as practical ideas and tips for the ‘Monday morning’ classroom.

During the Covid crisis NATESOL has continued to provide regular professional development opportunities and a much needed sense of community for our members through a series of free Saturday morning webinars. Topics have included the move to online teaching, teacher wellbeing, positive emotions, and digital storytelling. We have attracted large, international audiences, with participants reporting how extremely useful, supportive and engaging they have found the sessions.

As we move into the new academic year, NATESOL has planned flexibly for the next few months. We plan to continue with webinar sessions up to the end of December, hoping then to return to some face to face sessions, if conditions allow. Since we would like the webinars to remain free to participants, we are slightly changing our membership offer. Members will still have free entry to sessions (online or face to face), but will also be able to access the members’ only area of our newly upgraded website, where they will be able to download recordings of the webinars, additional resources for each session, and share good practice.

We hope that you will join us as a member for 2020-21. 2020 has been a challenging time for many teachers; our community of practitioners working together to improve their knowledge, understanding and practice teachers offers collegial support beyond institutional boundaries. Next year’s programme is nearly finalised, and looks set to include sessions on Reflective Practice, Adult Migrant Language Education and Social Justice, Mobile learning and EAP, and using Graphic Novels in the classroom among others. We hope you will encourage your staff to take advantage of this local resource which allows them to share experience and advances in theory and practice with other practitioners.

Institutional Membership, at £75 a year, entitles 6 staff members to attend evening sessions without payment of the guest-fee of £5 and reduces the cost of attendance at the annual one-day Conference to £55 per member**, about half the fee of other organisations.

**this price will vary for 2021’s May conference as we will be online.

If you are interested please visit our become a member page for more details on how to join.

We look forward to welcoming you and your staff at our next meeting.