The NRDC ESOL Effective Practice Project was published last week (as 'Effective Teaching and Learning ESOL'). This is the first major study of ESOL pedagogy in the UK, and its findings will be of relevance to ESOL tutors and managers, senior managers, policy-makers, inspectors and others with an interest in the teaching and learning of ESOL. The published version of the project is accompanied by an 8000 word summary. You can download both the main report and the short summary in .pdf form or order paper copies of them.
For the full report, go to
For the summary report go to
Alternatively, browse the publications pages of the NRDC website, where you'll also find links to the other effective practice reports (Reading, Writing, Numeracy and ICT), as well as an overview summary:
As part of our work on the project, we wrote a number of chapters which have not yet been published: a chapter on methodology, a literature review, a statistical annex, a full set of case studies, and descriptions of research instruments. These will eventually appear on the NRDC website to download, but will not be published in a paper version. I am attaching one of these additional documents, the complete set of 10 case studies, to this message. I am doing this because we - the project team - think that these case studies will be very useful for ESOL teachers and teacher educators, particularly those involved in Level 4 training, and want them to see the light of day without delay. You can read the case studies as a stand-alone document, but they are best read side-by-side with the full project report, in particular with Chapter 8. You'll also need to refer to the full report for an explanation of the terms 'GTS' (i.e. General Teaching Strategy) and 'SLI' (i.e. Strategy for learner involvement).
Happy reading, and best wishes
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