Sylvia writes:

I have been working with SAVTE as a trustee since 2018. Since 2019, I’ve also been on the management council for NATECLA  During the lockdown in 2020 I delivered a number of webinars for NATECLA on working remotely with ESOL learners who have little or no access to technology.

Kerry, Salwa and I also led a workshop at the online NATECLA national conference about SAVTE’s response to the lockdown both in one to one work and with conversation groups. I also started to work with an online women’s conversation group. I have been immensely proud to be associated with SAVTE during this period as the staff have worked so hard and creatively to support as many people as they can.

I first got involved in working with ESOL in 1979 when I became a volunteer as a student. I love travelling and many years ago spent several months in Pakistan and in Mali. I also love languages and attempted to learn Urdu though never managed the GCSE!

I’ve taught ESOL in a Sheffield primary school and a Rotherham secondary school. I’ve also been a community education worker in Derbyshire with responsibility for ESOL and I’ve worked for the Open College Network awarding body.

From 2007 till 2017, I was a teacher educator at Sheffield Hallam University where first I led the ESOL specialism for further education then the PGCE for lecturers. I had a particular interest in working with international students and lecturers.

In 2017, I left the university and wrote a book with a colleague about teaching and learning and I am currently working on a second edition to be published hopefully in 2021.

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