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I’m currently on holiday in the USA, so haven’t been  blogging too much recently, but I wanted to get this one out before my mind gets too focused on other things.

As you can read from my last post, I was at the NATECLA National Conference back at the beginning of July and had a really good time. You can read an account of the weekend by my colleague Phil Bird on his blog here. I really recommend reading Phil’s blog, as well as his previous posts on NATESOL and IATEFL, as he has a way of writing up the events really comprehensively and (importantly) so they are very readable.

Phil mentions one of the most interesting parts of the weekend, which was the Action for ESOL panel discussion. A number of people involved in the campaign against the government cuts that threaten to exclude some of the most vulnerable people from accessing ESOL lessons.

NB – for those readers who are not sure, ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages, and is the acronym used to describe this language provision in the UK. Our learners come from a variety of different backgrounds, and many will be deprived the chance to learn English dues to cutbacks in spending being made by our government.

The panel discussion was enlightening, as the current state of the campaign so far was described and a number of different avenues for the future were proposed. One of the most interesting parts was when we were shown a student produced video of the Action for ESOL Day of Action on 24 March…

As Phil says in his post, imagine the language skills that went in to producing this video.

Anyway, on to the crux of this post! A link was tweeted for the video during the discussion, but it didn’t appear to work. I subsequently sent out my own tweet asking if anyone knew if the video was already online. A few DMs later, Mel Cooke asked me if I would post the video on YouTube, which I did then using my personal account. So far, so good – the video was up and pretty soon had been tweeted and shared on Facebook for a wider audience. But, I thought, wouldn’t it be great if there was a channel on YouTube to aggregate content relating to the Action for ESOL campaign. What about a page to collect other web content? I’d noticed people doing similar for other topics relating to ELT and teaching in general among my Twitter contacts, and had actually been doing the same for IATEFL. Wouldn’t that be useful?

So finally, the fruits of a few hours’ labour are available for your perusal, to read and use as you will. I hope they will be a great resource to keep up to date with the campaign, and to raise awareness among colleagues, learners and the wider public.

Links –

NB – If you would like to embed the widget you can see in the top left corner of my blog, then you just need to paste this code into an area where you can put HTML
<iframe align=”middle” width=”250″ scrolling=”no” height=”250″ frameborder=”0″ src=”;numberOfPosts=5&amp;title=Action%20for%20
<iframe align=”middle” width=”300″ scrolling=”no” height=”200″ frameborder=”0″ src=”;numberOfPosts=5&amp;title=Action%20for%20
Just replace width=”XXX” and height=”XXX” with your desired number of pixels wide or tall. and replace numberOfPosts=X for your desired number of posts to feature (between 3 and 10)
Here’s what they look like with the code as above: