EAL perspectives on decolonising the curriculum
Our 29th Annual Conference
Saturday November 20th 2021, 9am-5pm
Online Conference (via Zoom)
At NALDIC’s 29th annual conference we are keen to engage in discussions about what decolonising the curriculum looks like in relation to EAL. At the heart of decolonising work is a commitment to engaging with difference and change and reflecting on whose perspectives, knowledge and values are promoted and included, where, when and why, and how we ensure equity and social justice for all learners and teachers. We are interested in hearing more about the different ways in which ideas about decolonisation impact and inform the work you do in EAL, whether in terms of multilingual classroom and assessment practices, changes to schemes of work and curriculum resources, teacher recruitment, or training and CPD.
What are the formats for our second online conference?
Posters: These are designed to provide opportunities to present a brief overview of classroom practice/research. Like a face-to-face conference, the online posters are available to view throughout the day.
Papers: These presentations are designed to provide time and space to report on classroom practice/research findings related to the conference theme. Like a face-to-face conference, these sessions are delivered ‘live’ (30 minutes including Q&A).
Workshops: These are designed to be more interactive spaces to explore classroom practice/research. Like a face-to-face conference, these are likely to involve small group discussions, tasks and activities and are delivered ‘live’ (60 minutes).
We are now accepting proposals for papers, posters and workshops which are about furthering our professional thinking and disseminating relevant knowledge and skills. All proposals will be double-blind reviewed and further information is available below.
Deadline for submissions:
Friday 8th October 2021
Notification of Acceptance:
Monday 18th October 2021
Déirdre Kirwan was Principal of a linguistically diverse primary school in Ireland (1987-2015) where she led an integrated approach to language teaching and learning that supported the use of pupils’ home languages. Déirdre was awarded European Ambassador for Languages (Léargas, 2008); PhD (Trinity College Dublin, 2009) for her research in language education. She has contributed to the new Primary Language Curriculum (Ireland) and the European Centre for Modern Languages on the topic of early language learning (age 3-12). With David Little she has co-authored Engaging with Linguistic Diversity: A Study of Educational Inclusion in an Irish Primary School (2019) Bloomsbury Academic, and Language and Languages in the Primary School: Some guidelines for teachers (2021) Post-Primary Language Initiative https://ppli.ie/teaching-and-learning/supporting-multilingual-classrooms/?gresource=ppli-primary-guidelines/
Sameena Choudry is the founder of Equitable Education, an educational consultancy specialising in closing the attainment gap. She is also co-founder of #WomenEd, a grassroots movement for connecting existing and aspiring women leaders in education. She has worked as a teacher, lecturer, ITE tutor, examiner, senior leader, adviser and has had senior officer roles within four LAs. She is also a trained Ofsted inspector and has considerable experience of running a very successful supplementary school for many years. Sameena has worked with hundreds of schools to improve educational outcomes for pupils with specific needs who, with additional support, can and do achieve highly. She has contributed to a number of publications and regularly speaks at educational conferences on issues relating to equality, diversity and social justice.
Dr Ian Cushing is a Lecturer in Education at Brunel University London, where he teaches on modules related to English education, language education policy and critical pedagogies. Ian’s research focuses on language ideologies, language policies and linguistic inequality in schools, work which challenges the racialised surveillance, stigma and punishment of language practices deemed ‘inappropriate’ for school. His most recent project, funded by a grant from the UK Literacy Association and in collaboration with practicing teachers and illustrators, is examining how children’s literature might be used as an entry point for facilitating critical conversations around language racism and raciolinguistic ideologies in schools. His work has appeared in journals such as Language in Society, Journal of Language, Identity and Education, Language Policy, British Educational Research Journal and the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. His monograph, Standards, Stigma, Surveillance: Language Policy in England’s Schools will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2023.
*PLEASE NOTE: Individual, Concessionary, ITE Student and Associate members can only purchase 1 discounted Members ticket and Institutional members only 2 discounted Members tickets. If you wish to purchase more tickets please purchase a Non-member ticket/s.
Terms and Conditions
If you are unable to attend the conference, you must advise the administrator (email@example.com) as soon as possible, who will allocate your place to the next person on the waiting list. Your booking is in your name and cannot be transferred by you.
If you cancel your booking before 31st October 2021, your fee will be refundable. Refunds will not be made until after the date of the Conference.
If you cancel between 1st November and 14th November 2021, half of your fee will be refundable, except that if we are able to reallocate your place, the refund provisions in 2 above will apply.
If you cancel after 14th November 2021, your fee will not be refundable, except that if we are able to reallocate your place, the refund provisions in 2 above will apply.
As in previous years, we are delighted to work with companies and organisations whose values align with NALDIC, to deliver an exciting professional development and networking event that supports EAL practitioners, researchers and policy makers – ultimately leading to improved educational outcomes for some of the most vulnerable children in our schools.
Audience and reach
Last year, our online conference attracted over 200 participants, ranging from EAL coordinators, teachers and TAs, through ITT students, educational consultants, researchers and local authorities.
NALDIC also connects with nearly 7000 followers across channels and groups on Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, last year over the week of our conference, NALDIC Twitter posts had over 110k impressions in the period between 1st September and 30 November and an average engagement of 2.7%.
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