School of English and Maths Lecturer, Ida Leal, has recently had her language teaching research published in the book ‘Continuity and Discontinuity in Learning Careers: Potentials for a Learning Space in a Changing World’.
This is as a result of her ongoing interest in the power of meaningful dialogue and critical reflection through reading to transform lives. Ida has been using book clubs with her ESOL and English for International Students for a number of years as a strategy to encourage her learners to develop a love of reading in English. The formalisation of her idea started when she was a student on the BA in Lifelong Learning, run by Canterbury Christ Church University, here at the College and her research has subsequently taken her to Cape Town, Seville, Leeds and Rennes where she has explored her idea more and shared it with the wider teaching community. Ida states: “taking an approach to English language teaching which fosters transformative learning, helps to enable English language learners to think more democratically and more critically. This is becoming an ever more important skill to negotiate and navigate the multi-cultural worlds our students live in.”
To enrich our younger ESOL learners’ experience at the College, ESOL lecturer Sandra Augusto-Willcocks, arranged for an afternoon of Afro Dance Fusion run by excellent instructor Adriano Oliveira.
Professional dancer and choreographer Adriano, skilfully mixed dance and Brazilian martial arts to engage, motivate and energise over 40 of our learners in an amazing session which was enjoyed by all.
Sandra commented: “It was a really fantastic day and all the students had a lot of fun and learned something new.” Students commented that it was “The best day ever!” with some even asking if the sessions would be running every week from now on!
To celebrate National Careers and Apprenticeships Weeks South Thames College hosted an Employer Breakfast on Friday 8th March with the Honourable Member of Parliament for Battersea, Marsha de Cordova (Shadow Minister Work & Pensions/Disabled People) delivering the keynote. We were joined at this auspicious event by representatives from over 70 organisations across a range of sectors where they had the opportunity to network with each other.
Jamie Stevenson, Director of Business Partnerships, South Thames Colleges Group commented: “South Thames College recognises its role in the importance of preparing individuals for work which is sustainable and allows them to progress and achieve economic prosperity. This can only be done by working in partnership with our local employers. We as a collective can make sure that we have the right skills and training for today’s jobs and those future jobs that don’t yet exist.”