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  • In both of EFA Teacher-Organiser Adela’s Saturday classes the groups talked about problems experienced by migrants in London. In both classes the conversation was similar. They identified language barrier/lack of language as the biggest problem. They agreed that the reason why people are not studying English as much as necessary is due to a lack of time. The […]
  • On Saturday,  27 of our students (plus a huddle of husbands and a magical shoal of children) joined the first of a series of monthly community events, launching a listening campaign in Brent. Thanks to Near Neighbours and Brent Council, we were delighted to be able to finally meet each other in real life!  Our […]
  • In a recent advanced ESOL class in Hackney, led by EFA teacher Anne, the group worked together to read a Telegraph article with the goal of gleaning the ‘gist’ of its contents and being able to produce a quick, accurate summary of the story. The class aimed to pull the key message out of the […]
  • Prepared ahead of English for Action’s 2021 Participatory ESOL conference, this working paper on theory and best practices for encouraging strong learning communities was put together by EFA teacher Robin Sivapalan. Key themes include: A brief review of Paolo Freire’s education philosophy and the origins of Participatory ESOL Group Analysis The psychology behind group support […]
  • Our ‘Henry Cavendish School’ class (online) have been looking at social media these past few lessons. Teachers often ask how participatory ESOL works in terms of a framework and planning. Often we take a ‘generative theme’ like Social Media in this case and explore it over a number of sessions (normally between 3 and 12 […]