Glasgow PCE – 3 April 2017: English in an unstable world’

PCE resources

Joe Field: Language for resilience – English enabling access for refugees

Nick Bilbrough: Zooming In and Zooming Out

Kieran Donaghy: Promoting Empathy with Short Films

Susan Barduhn: Intentionally experimenting with peace through community living

Judy Boyle: Project NO

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Julie Pratten: HeartELT


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We’re all aware of global conflicts and the impact that these can have directly on students’ education. We read daily about the lives of people that have been turned upside down by instability in their communities. How are teachers and trainers managing in these challenging circumstances? Furthermore, what can we do in our classrooms to raise our students’ awareness about such issues and provide opportunities for exploring these areas in more detail?

If you would like to find out more about how you can positively address these problems then come to the Global Issues SIG PCE entitled ‘English in an Unstable World’. Whether it’s through initiatives such as the British Council Language for Resilience or the response of NGOs and individuals to the language needs of refugees this PCE is hosting speakers who  will be discussing the role of language in terms of conflict resolution, reconciliation and mutual understanding. We will think about how we as educators can contribute to peace in the world through both awareness-raising in English classes and how we work in class such as developing cooperation more than competition.

We have a fascinating range of speakers and facilitators to inspire you: Joe Field (from the British Council in Jordan who will be talking about his work with refugees in the area and linking up with Syrian, Jordanian and Lebanese teachers of Syrian refugees), Susan Barduhn (informing us about  her work on the World Learning Global Advisory Council), Nick Bilbrough (talking about the Hands-up Project in Palestine), Julie Pratten (with an update on her work about English for social change), Kieran Donaghy presenting his work on developing empathy through short films) and Judy Boyle (presenting on how to develop understanding of and involvement in anti-slavery through The No Project). Throughout the day there will plenty of opportunities for discussion of the issues presented and the chance to share your own ideas and experience.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Linda Ruas and Julietta Schoenmann 

This event is supported by The British Council and New Internationalist

4 Responses to Glasgow PCE – 3 April 2017: English in an unstable world’

  1. Rebecca December 16, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    Hi ! I am a teacher of English for the Secondary level at Hyderabad,India.I would love to participate.What is the way out to participate?Please do assist.Thank you very much!
    Warm regards & looking forward,
    Rebecca Daniel

  2. Linda Ruas January 1, 2017 at 10:07 pm #

    Hi Rebecca! It would be great to meet you there. You can book through the IATEFL conference website: , and it’s cheaper if you book before January 13th.
    If you’d like more information about the Global Issues SIG in general, or the Glasgow PCE, please email me at: [email protected]
    All the best for the new year!

  3. Rida thabet February 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

    Hi, I’m Rida Thabet from gaza, Palestine . We have experienced education in emergency and would love to attend such an event.

  4. Linda Ruas March 6, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    Hi Rida,

    We’d love you to come if it’s possible. Can you email us [email protected] ?

    Best wishes,


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