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Teaching English in the Youth Justice System | Karen Chouhan (London, UK)
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
Tuesday 11 December
1815 - 2030 | British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN
Teaching English in the Youth Justice System
Karen Chouhan and a panel discussion
This event will explore some of the key issues facing practitioners and policy makers in the teaching
of English for those within the youth criminal justice system.
The aim of the event is to inspire and engage practitioners and policy makers, and to facilitate
networking and the sharing of ideas. The event is aimed at those with an interest in the intersections
between education, especially the teaching of English, justice and youth.
The rationale for the focus of the seminar can be found in the abstract produced by Karen Chouhan,
who will deliver the seminar:
“Teaching ESOL in a Young Offenders Institute is stressful but probably not as stressful as being
young, probably quite recently in England, in a very different cultural setting, with little or no English
and maybe illegal - and in prison. Here the young people often face discrimination and abuse but will
not or cannot talk about it. For the teacher it is sometimes frustrating sometimes heartbreaking.
Many times rewarding, many times funny. Always interesting”.
The event will be a springboard for a number of activities including:
The event will provide a space for those with experience or interest in the theme of teaching English in
the youth criminal justice system to hear from opinion formers, contribute to the debate and be
present at the creation of a new and sustainable network, with specific focus on the challenges faced
by teachers of English.
We will address the overlap between youth, justice and education issues, explore the intersections
between these policy areas, surface questions around the relationships between policy-makers and
practitioners and explore lines of responsibility for delivery, quality assurance, strategy and delivery.
Every seminar is free of charge.
However places are limited.
The British Council Seminar Series takes place across the UK, including once a month in London. The seminars are intended to provoke debate and discussion on current issues in English Language teaching and can contribute to the continuing professional development of English Language teachers based in, or visiting, the United Kingdom.
Every seminar is free of charge and includes the opportunity to network with fellow ELT practitioners.
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