Brokering Britain, Educating Citizens: book launch and seminar

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King's College London

Room 1.10, Waterloo Bridge Wing

Franklin Wilkins Building, 150 Stamford Street

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This event addresses the politically charged issue of citizenship and English language learning among adult migrants in the UK.

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Join us to celebrate the publication of Brokering Britain, Educating Citizens: exploring citizenship and ESOL (Multilingual Matters).

Melanie Cooke (King’s College London) and Rob Peutrell (Nottingham College) argue that meaningful citizenship education in adult ESOL is possible if it brings social and political content centre-stage alongside pedagogy which develops the capabilities for active, grassroots, participatory citizenship.

Presentations

This book launch and seminar addresses the politically charged issue of citizenship and English language learning among adult migrants in the UK, linking language pedagogy and citizenship theory with the practical concerns of ESOL teachers and students.

Presenters describe and discuss a range of community and college-based settings and the needs and circumstances of different groups of ESOL students, including migrant mothers, job seekers and students with mental health needs. They draw attention to the crucial role of ESOL teachers as ‘brokers of citizenship’ mediating between national policy and the experiences and needs of adult migrant students. Presentations will be given by:

  • Pauline Moon and Roseena Hussain (Using Participatory Photography in English Classes: Resisting Silence, Resisting Dis-citizenship);
  • Dermot Bryers, Becky Winstanley (‘Our Languages’: Towards Sociolinguistic Citizenship in ESOL);
  • Sheila Macdonald (Migrant Women, Active Citizens);
  • John Gray and Melanie Cooke (Queering ESOL: Sexual Citizenship in ESOL Classrooms);
  • Celia Roberts (From the Outside in: Gatekeeping the Workplace).

Discussion points

How do the ideas about citizenship and grassroots teaching presented in our book speak to those in the ESOL manifesto, written almost 10 years ago? How do we apply the principles from the presentations in different areas of ESOL provision (e.g. mainstream college provision, community based provision, volunteer-led provision, work preparation programmes, etc.)? How do we generate uptake of these ideas in practice and in policy, including in the National Strategy for ESOL? What are the barriers?

Booking your place

The event will be hosted by the Hub for Education and Linguistic Diversity (HELD) and the School for Education, Communication and Society (ECS) at King’s College, London. The event is free to join but please book a ticket as places are limited.

We will end with drinks and nibbles to celebrate the publication of Brokering Britain, Educating Citizens: exploring citizenship and ESOL.

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King's College London

Room 1.10, Waterloo Bridge Wing

Franklin Wilkins Building, 150 Stamford Street

London

SE1 9NH

United Kingdom

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