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Reaching out to teachers: INSET and CPD at university. Kevin Watson Department of Linguistics and English Language Lancaster University k.d.watson@lancaster.ac.uk. INSET at Lancaster. Rationale (1) teachers feel they lack knowledge (/confidence) in particular areas of EL

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reaching out to teachers inset and cpd at university

Reaching out to teachers: INSET and CPD at university

Kevin Watson

Department of Linguistics and English Language

Lancaster University

k.d.watson@lancaster.ac.uk

inset at lancaster
INSET at Lancaster

Rationale (1)

  • teachers feel they lack knowledge (/confidence) in particular areas of EL
  • they don’t get to hear about new research until it is published
  • they don’t have time to find & read new journal articles
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INSET at Lancaster

Rationale (2)

  • allows the Dept to make connections with the FE community
  • cost neutral
  • we find out what students are taught before they get to us
  • we create potential allegiances for research
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INSET at Lancaster

What we do: in brief

  • conference for teachers of A Level English Language
  • talks in schools/colleges
  • MA in English Language
  • online resources for teachers
what we do
What we do

Conference for teachers of A Level English Language

  • runs every two years, at end of June
  • 5 x 1 hour sessions
  • lectures and workshops by members of the department
  • panel/discussion session at end of day
  • focus on providing resources
  • …and sharing ideas
what we do1
What we do
  • Talks in schools & colleges
    • To teachers and pupils
    • Relevant areas of the EL syllabus
    • Present some work in progress with some background/extract of data analysis/provide some data/description of the state of the art
    • Remove the ivory tower
what we do2
What we do
  • MA in English Language
    • Started in 2005: full time, campus based MA
    • To start in 2008: part time, distance version
online resources
Online resources
  • Fast access resources
  • Pre published material
  • Point of contact for teachers and pupils
  • www.englishdialects.co.uk
benefits
Benefits
  • For A level teachers
  • For A Level students
  • For HE depts
  • For HE students
co ordinated effort
Co-ordinated effort
  • Distance of travel
    • (teachers generally don’t travel too far from home)
co ordinated effort1
Co-ordinated effort
  • Distance of travel
  • Areas of expertise
    • (even if same broad area is covered in multiple places – e.g. accents and dialects – the focus will likely be different)
what there needs to be
What there needs to be
  • A co-ordinated effort
  • Schools & FE to tell HE what they want
  • HE to be receptive to it
  • An awareness of the mutual benefits of this kind of collaboration