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NALDIC Conference – a first for Leeds

1 December 2011 | Peter Edwards

Jean ContehThe 19th Annual NALDIC (National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum) conference was held at Leeds on Saturday November 26th. It was a hugely successful event and the first time that Leeds had acted as host . NALDIC is the foremost association in the country representing the voices of practitioners and researchers in the field of EAL (English as an additional language). This is a rapidly growing field, where interest is developing fast, evidenced by the fact that the conference was well oversubscribed.  200 delegates squeezed into the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall for the keynote and extra seminar rooms were needed to accommodate everybody for the workshops.

The conference theme, the links between ‘EAL’ and ‘SEN’, was particularly timely and led to a very lively and energetic event – one visitor from Germany called it ‘a most inspiring Saturday’. The conference was opened by Professor Geoff Hayward, Head of the School of Education and the keynote speaker was Professor Brahm Norwich, from the university of Exeter. Presenters from all over the country, including Dr. Phil Jones from the School of Education, led discussion groups and workshops.

Dr. Jean Conteh organised the conference assisted by a fantastic group of students from the School of Education, with the support of the technical team in the School of Music, led by Dan Merrick. Jean’s interest in EAL is long standing. She has just successfully gained approval for a new part-time diploma/MA course in EAL and Education, which was announced at the conference. The course is due to begin in September 2012 and is aimed at teachers across the primary and secondary phases who are interested in becoming EAL specialist teachers. For more information about the course, please contact Jean on j.conteh@leeds.ac.uk.


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