The British Council seeks proposals for writers of papers for a new publication "Innovations in English Language Teaching to Migrants and Refugees". This volume will be included in a new British Council series “Innovations in…..” The publication will include approximately 12 papers, of between 3,000 and 5,000 words, exploring ESOL and EAL and the intersections between them.
The book is likely to include papers on subjects such as curriculum, assessment, literacy, new technologies, professionalism, training and resources but also perhaps community involvement, use of extracurricular activities, the impact of superdiversity, family learning, and vocabulary acquisition. Readers of the book should be challenged and inspired by the ideas in the papers which should all act as stimuli for reflection, debate and innovation.
The British Council are aware of current developments in the professionalisationof both the ESOL and EAL workforces that make this a particularly interesting time to stop and reflect on both the distinctiveness and the shared knowledge, skills and understanding of the two professions.
It is envisaged that the writers will be currently engaged in ESOL, EAL or both, as teachers, trainers, managers or researchers. The British Council would also be very interested in receiving proposals that address an issue from both an ESOL and an EAL perspective, perhaps jointly authored or incorporating the experience of professionals who have worked in ESOL and EAL. The British Council realise that many teachers work, or have worked, in both EAL and ESOL, with the 16-19 group of learners being a distinct middle ground. We are also interested in receiving proposals from colleagues working with migrants and refugees in countries other than the UK.
The definition of innovation being used in the series is a broad one encompassing not just innovation in practice in the form of particular teaching methodologies, course design or materials that appear to be successful in a certain context, but also innovation in the description or conceptualisation of key issues faced by teachers of ESOL and EAL.
The papers should be thought provoking and grounded in practice through e.g. use of case studies, testimonials, critical incident analysis and reflection on the writers’ experiences. The tone of the publication will be authoritative but not “academic”, and practical rather than theoretical, though reference to or use of theory is welcomed. It will refer to particular cases and will be characterised by a clear and succinct style.
The editor of the publication is David Mallows. Proposals of not more than 400 words are invited for papers for this volume. The selection of papers will be agreed before the end of May and final text will be agreed between the editor and the writers before the end of July with publication in October. Writers of selected papers will receive a fee of £400.
If you wish to put forward a proposal, please send it by email to David Mallows by Monday 7 May 2012. E-mail: email@example.com Please feel free to contact David if you would like to discuss a proposal before committing it to paper or for further detail or clarification.