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Feeling confident to learn: creating education spaces where women feel welcome

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This article grew out of a workshop at the 2018 NATECLA conference, 'Feeling confident to learn: Creating education spaces where women feel welcome', where ESOL teachers shared their experiences, as well as in-depth interviews conducted over 6 months with ESOL teachers and support workers at the Baytree Centre in Brixton. It discusses the value and benefit of women only classes as a "safe space" and a welcoming environment for learners who have come from more challenging backgrounds. It draws on the Wonder Foundation's FATIMA project, which aims to "empower migrant women....through a personalised and holistic approach" (Wonder Foundation,, as well as sharing practical and working suggestions for creating a safe space for learners of English.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2019

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  • Language Issues is the part peer-reviewed journal of NATECLA, the national association for teaching English and other community languages to adults. The journal explores the area between academic research and classroom practice, sharing experiences of teaching, training and management and disseminating research and ideas relating to language, political and social issues. Language Issues comprises articles on published and unpublished research, current studies and pieces of action research relating to ESOL and community languages, language learning theories, methods, materials and learners. Voices from the Classroom brings reflections and experiences from teachers, students and others on topics ranging from bilingualism to testing to poetry in the language classroom. There are also interviews with professionals from the field, reviews and reports. Language Issues looks at broad issues and big ideas and is an invaluable resource for everyone interested in language teaching and learning, both in in the UK and elsewhere in the world. You can subscribe to the journal via the NATECLA website. Publisher: National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults.
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