October 2020 update

Saturday, 28 November, 2020 ‘Global Inclusion’ Online Day
We are pleased to collaborate with 5 partner SIGS to bring you a one-day online event exploring issues of inclusion in English Language Teaching. For details follow our website.

New collection of inclusive activities

The IP&SENSIG committee has been working with Delta Publishing to produce a collection of inclusive classroom activities that teachers can use throughout the school year, from welcoming new students to assessing their progress fairly. As part of their Ideas in Action series, ‘Activities for Inclusive Language Teaching is available from the Delta Publishing website.

Inclusion in ELT: a discussion

12.00 (UK time) on Wednesday 4 November

To celebrate the publication of this collection of inclusive activities, Delta Publishing has set up an online seminar in which Anne Margaret Smith and Laura Broadbent (series editor of ‘Bloggers‘) will talk about inclusion in the ELT classroom today, and some of the problems and issues learners face today. They will also answer a selection of questions regarding issues of inclusivity, and breaking down barriers in order to motivate and inspire learners. Please email [email protected]  if you have any questions to ask. (Also include a brief background of your teaching environment such as class size, age, levels and abilities.)

Look out for the link on our social media platforms to watch the seminar live.

On Friday, 11 and Saturday, 12 September 2020 we had a great online event with the Association of Teachers of English of the Czech Republic (ATECR) – ‘No Limits’. You can find the recordings in our members’ resources on the IATEFL website. Log in to your account on the IATEFL website, choose ‘My Resources’ – ‘SIG Resources’ and select Inclusive Practices and SEN SIG to see the list of available videos.

Videos now available
You will also find five new videos there:

–  An interview with Jannett Morgan on “Neurodiversity, ethnicity and gender”. Look in our facebook group for the first installment.

– An Interview with Linda Hodgdon (an educational consultant working with autistic learners)

– An interview with Micah Risher and Hana’a Soudan (regarding a training course they set up for teachers working with visually impaired learners)

– Rachael Harris: ‘Happy Students make a Happy Classroom’ (from TESOLSpainOnline2020)

– Anne Margaret Smith: ‘Transferring Inclusive Practices to Online Teaching’ (from TESOLSpainOnline2020)

Social media   #IPSENChat
Our interactive TweetMeet on Monday, 5 October.Thanks to all who joined us. The discussion is still live, if you wish to join in and a summary will be shared on the website soon. Our next chat is on the first Monday of November. Follow us on social media to find out the next topic: twitter @IPSENSIG and facebook IATEFL IP&SENSIG

The 6th edition of our newsletter, August 2020, is now out. It contains several articles about the impact of sensory impairment on teaching and learning, as well as all the usual features. If you have not received your online copy, please do let us know.

We are now inviting contributions to the 7th edition of our newsletter, which will come out later this year. We are particularly interested in personal reflections, practical tips or research reports on the topic of racial equity, ethnic / linguistic diversity and bilingualism. If you would like to write for us, please visit our website to find out more. Deadline is Saturday Oct. 31, 2020.

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