NALA ESOL Conference 2017

NALA ESOL Conference 2017

(ESOL is English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Ways for ESOL students to improve their English outside the classroom

Wednesday 29 March 2017 - 9.30 am to 4.00 pm

The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 7

9.30 Registration: tea and coffee

10.00   Welcome and opening remarks

Chair: Martha Bolger, Director of Further Education and Training, Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (ETB)

10.10   NALA update

10.20   Preparing ESOL students for employment
Sofía Forero-Gomez, Promotions and Integration Officer, Employment for People from Immigrant Communities (EPIC), Business in the Community Ireland

10.40   Rights and entitlements of ESOL students
Aurelia Bodrug, Information and Advocacy Officer, Citizens Information Service, Dublin 2, 4 and 6

11.00   Managing tutor boundaries and self-care for ESOL tutors
Eilish Roche, Lecturer, Literacy Development Centre, Waterford Institute of Technology

11.20   Questions and answers

11.40   Coffee break and networking

12.00 – 1.30 Workshops:

A. Ways for ESOL students to improve their English outside the classroom -Róisín Keane, ESOL Regional Coordinator, City of Dublin ETB

B. Teaching programme refugees: Demystifying the process-Mary Kenny, ESOL Development Officer and Cambridge English Centre Exams manager, Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB and Deirdre Brennan, ESOL Coordinator, Laois and Offaly ETB

C. Blended learning and the flipped ESOL classroom - Ana Marques, Learning Practitioner, VTOS and Clare Adult Basic Education Service, Limerick and Clare ETB (Note:In the ‘flipped ESOL classroom’ teaching moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space. It helps students to develop as autonomous learners)

D.Working with ESOL literacy students: Tips for starting and resources – Pascal Lally,ESOL Literacy Tutor, Galway and Roscommon ETBand Teacher Trainer for EFL Teaching, NUI Galway

1.30     Lunch

2.30 – 4.00 Afternoon workshops:

E. How to build your own online ESOL website – Peter Sheekey, ESOL tutor and researcher, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College Dublin (Note:Participants have to bring their own laptop or ipad to this workshop)

F. Education for refugees: The ESOL experience from Co Clare - Kerry O’Sullivan, ESOL tutor,Clare Adult Basic Education Service, Limerick and Clare ETB

G. Catering for specific types of ESOL learners in a one-size-fits-all setting: Issues and insights from the City of Dublin ETB’s Separated Children's Service - Jillian Frayne, ESOL Tutor and School Support Liaison Officer, Migrant Access Programme, City of Dublin ETB

Note: Through the lens of case studies and working with young people from asylum seeking, refugee and migrant backgrounds, this workshop explores some key issues for individual learners and recommends specific interventions to guide ESOL tutors when working with multi-level and multi-cultural groups. 

H. Progression routes for ESOL students into further and higher education and employment – Lorraine Downey, ESOL Coordinator, City of Dublin ETB

4.00     Close

Registration fee:

The conference fee is €30 if:

  • your organisation is a NALA member; or
  • you joined NALA as an individual member, paying €25.

Otherwise, the conference fee is €60 if you are:

  • a member who joined NALA for free; or
  • a non-member.

To join NALA click here. If the conference fee is difficult for you or your organisation, please contact Fergus Dolan in NALA at

Securing your place:

We require payment of the conference fee to secure your place. You can pay directly to NALA by online transfer, credit card, cash or postal order. Alternatively, we can send an invoice to you or your organisation – just select this option on the booking form and let us know where you would like the invoice to be sent.

If you have not told us the person and organisation that we should invoice, we will send the invoice directly to you.

Cancellation policy:

If you register for the event and cannot attend, please let us know. If you cancel without giving us three days’ notice, the full cost will be charged to you or your organisation.


This conference will look at ‘Innovation in the teaching and learning of adult literacy, numeracy and digital skills’ (Objective 2 of NALA Strategic Plan 2017 – 2019). It will help to prioritise ‘low-skilled and unemployed migrants’ (Element 9 of Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - FET Strategy) and ‘facilitate literacy provision for personal, family, social and community contexts’ (Element 6 of Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - FET Strategy).