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ESOL/ELT Teacher/Volunteer’s Workshop and Networking Event – Belfast @ Girdwood Community Hub room GW-G-002A and B
Jun 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ESOL NI (in collaboration with SERC ESOL team, YMCA North Down and Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre – BURC) invites  you to an exciting FREE ESOL/ELT Teacher/Volunteer’s Workshop and Networking event.

WHEN and WHERE?  Friday, 21st June from 2pm to 5pm at Girdwood Community Hub – Belfast

WHO should attend? This opportunity is open to all ESOL qualified tutors and volunteers who teach with any of our FE Colleges or informally in the community.

The workshop is taking place at the Girdwood Community Hub (Belfast Met wing – room GW-G-002A and B).

There are free car parking spaces at the back of the building and easy access to public transport via Crumlin Road (the venue is located at the back of the Crumlin Goal – 5 minutes walking from the bus stop).

Please register free via Eventbrite link below.


We envisage the session to be highly interactive, hands-on and practical which should benefit and encourage novice and experienced teachers/ volunteers alike.

Experienced ESOL teachers will be leading a discussion group exploring free and accessible teaching resources and the many ways they can be manipulated in the classroom. The idea is to have different stations with approximately 4 – 8 participants per group. Once all stations have rotated and the ideas generated by each group discussed, each designated station leader will summarise the brainstormed concepts back to the wider group, giving participants a large repertoire of ideas on how to use every day, affordable resources.

The ESOL VPRS Coordination point and BURC will then provide an overview of the collaborative ways English classes have been successfully implemented across Northern Ireland to date using a ‘joined up’ approach. The day will close with a brief workshop around the use of the ESOL NI Network website and a discussion on a way forward.


2pm- 2.30pm tea/coffee and refreshments – registration and networking

2.30pm – 2.40pm – Introduction to the task and organisation of each station teams

2.40pm – 3.45pm – Brainstorming discussions on resources presented

Break – 3.45pm – 4pm

4pm – 4.30pm station leaders’ feedback on the discussions

4.30pm – Presentation on the ESOL ‘joined up’ approach and ESOL NI website workshop – by ESOL VPRS Coordination and BURC

4.55pm – Prize Draw to workshop participants (participants who leave early will not be entered into the draw)

5pm – Close