I've been away for a while. I've been preoccupied with work, family and life.
However, change is in the air.
The changes are inescapable, some of them I'm pleased to see, others are less welcome.
It seems appropriate that my 100th post comes at this time. I'm hoping to use this post as an opportunity to crowd source and share ideas on how to respond to the changes we face.
So what has changed?
The biggest changes, for ESOL Tutors working with teenagers, are the reduced contact time and the content of what we will be teaching them. This can be seen most clearly in the higher level hours.
We have 180 hours to prepare students for Trinity College ESOL Exams - a couple of years ago we had 306 hours to prepare students for the same exams! (see below in red).
Personal development and employability skills are also a key theme of the changes - these will be accredited at Entry 3 and Level 1 and are a response to new Government Policy. (Click here to read more)
Below is a brief outline of the proposed hours for lower and higher levels.
ESOL embedding personal development and work skills
ESOL Maths and IT Embedded
Tutor teaching hours
Personal development and employability skills (accredited)
Maths and IT Accredited FS
Total tutor teaching hours with work placement supervision
I believe ESOL Tutors can respond to these changes by collaborating and shaping the curriculum to fit our students' needs. There is an opportunity to be creative and innovative and I find that exciting.
I'm currently working with other tutors at Leeds City College to develop a new scheme of work for our Full-Time classes.
The last thing we need to do is start from scratch. I think we can collaborate on this process and produce a document that reflects these changes. I would also like to see more connectivity between the ESOL, ICT and Numeracy. i.e. When students are studying types of text in ESOL they are making posters in their ICT classes.
- Advertising & TV
- Staying Healthy and Safe
- Finances - personal, housing and small business / enterprise
If you work with teenage ESOL students please get in touch. I would love to know how you are responding to the changes in funding and hours.
Crowd sourcing has always allowed me to harness a much broader range of expertise. I'm very lucky to be working with many talented and professional tutors. I would like to invite you to join us in this journey and together I think we can respond to the challenges ahead.
I hope that this blog can provide a collaborative space where ESOL Tutors can share thoughts and ideas. Please share your thoughts about how we can respond to these changes.