Happy New Year

Everyone here at NALDIC hopes that you had a fantastic festive season and are well refreshed for the new term. In our first update of the new year we let you know about some important changes at NALDIC and offer you the chance to win tickets, each worth up to £595, to the ‘Delivering Outstanding Teaching for EAL Pupils’ conference in London in March at which NALDIC vice-Chairs Robert Sharples and Hamish Chalmers will be speaking.

2018 was a busy year for NALDIC with some important developments and changes. We said a fond farewell to Peta Ullman and Sara Green who have both dedicated years of service to NALDIC and have been enormously important in making the organisation what it is today. As Chair and Secretary, respectively, Peta and Sara will be known by many of you, having been at the end of enquiring emails, leading events like conference and the North London RIG, representing teachers and multilingual learners and lobbying for support and development at all levels, from grassroots to government. Peta and Sara will be sorely missed, and we hope you will join us in wishing them both the very best for wherever their adventures take them next.

Victoria Murphy replaces Peta as Chair of NALDIC, with Robert Sharples and Hamish Chalmers supporting her as co-Vice Chairs. Victoria is Professor of Applied Linguistics and deputy director of the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, with enormous expertise in how children learn languages. Robert is programme director for the MSc TESOL at Edinburgh University, with a special research interest in migration, multilingualism and education. Hamish, also of the University of Oxford, is lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, and was previously Director of EAL in the international school sector.

NALDIC is also pleased to announce that project officer Nandhaka Pieris was elected to the board of trustees at the AGM in November and has taken on the role of Secretary.  Nandhaka is an EAL educator of many years’ experience and a fencing master! Also elected to the board of trustees was Christina Richardson. Lecturer in Language Education at Kings College London, Christina takes over as chair of NALDIC’s events committee and continues in her role as deputy editor of NALDIC’s EAL Journal.

We are delighted with the appointment of these fantastic people to NALDIC’s leadership.  All have been extremely important contributors to the development of NALDIC over the past few years, and are very well placed to lead the organization as it develops through 2019 and beyond.

Find out more about NALDIC’s board of trustees, co-opted members, and governance structure at our website here.

New Year Lucky Draw: FREE EAL conference tickets up for grabs

To celebrate the New Year and the newly updated board of trustees we’ve got two FREE tickets to a fabulous event taking place in London on March 6 this year. The event ‘Delivering Outstanding Teaching for EAL Pupils’ is a conference convened by Inside Government, the UK’s largest provider of public sector training, forums, conferences and exhibitions. The day will be chaired by NALDIC’s Robert Sharples and features contributions from Hamish Chalmers, also of NALDIC, Mark Sims HMI, Ofsted’s lead for EAL, Silvana Richardson, Head of Teacher Development at The Bell Foundation, Jo Hutchinson, Director for Social Mobility and Vulnerable Learners at the Education Policy Institute, and many more. It promises to be a fascinating day. Check out the programme here.

We have two FREE tickets to the event, worth up to £595 each, to give away to two NALDIC members in our New Year Lucky Draw.

To enter the draw all you need to do is go to this webpage and enter your name, institution, contact details, and NALDIC membership number. The lucky draw webpage will remain open until Friday 1 February, and the winners will be notified by email shortly afterwards.

To be eligible to enter the draw you must be member of NALDIC at the time of entering. So, plenty of time to join the UK’s largest community of EAL practitioners, researchers and activists, if you are not already a member. Join online here.

Good luck!

We wish you all happy and healthy 2019.

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