We have worked with many people who find it hard to progress in mainstream ESOL programmes due to a range of barriers: physical, educational, emotional. Some have undiagnosed learning differences. Since 2012, Sheila has been assessing beginner learners using Cognitive Assessments for Multilingual Learners: an holistic approach to identifying dyslexia by Anne-Margaret Smith (www.eltwell.co.uk) and developing strategies to meet their needs.
In partnership with Jodi Watson of WantsumArts, Sheila innovated an approach combining Natural Voice techniques with ESOL, to support a class of beginner adult learners. The aim was to overcome anxieties, bring voices into the room and engage hesitant learners.
The Action Research Project can be viewed in the link below (Please be patient! It can take a few minutes to load and may not be compatible with your mobile.)