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This webinar introduces two courses to help staff in the criminal justice system communicate better with people who are new to English.
Research funded by The Bell Foundation found that there are significant language barriers faced by those navigating the criminal justice system who also use English as a Second or Additional Language (ESL). This can limit their access to general help and information to guide them through criminal justice processes. In response to this research, the Foundation has developed two courses, alongside other guidance, to mitigate these language barriers.
This webinar will give an overview of these two new courses, aimed at supporting those working with people who use ESL in the criminal justice system.
The courses aim to equip participants with better insight and useful tools for communicating more effectively with people who are new to English. One of the courses is aimed at those working in prisons/probation services. The other course is for people working with victims of crime.
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Emily Curran joined The Bell Foundation as a trainer in September 2018. Prior to joining The Bell Foundation, Emily worked in English Language Teaching (ELT) and taught both adults and young learners in the UK and Thailand respectively, before going on to become a teacher trainer in the ELT sector. Emily has a CELTA and DELTA and has also worked closely with Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign (CRRC) as a liaison for the English Language Provision. Emily has worked on the ESOL Screening Tool, a tool for understanding ESOL support needs for services users in prison.
Tom Beakes joined The Bell Foundation in 2020. Tom has worked in language education since 2003 and has taught in China, Japan, Ecuador and north Africa. His main areas of interest are teaching young learners, project-based learning and teacher development. He holds an MA in anthropological linguistics and is CELTA and DELTA qualified. He has worked as a teacher trainer in the UK and abroad and is a regular speaker at English Language Teaching conferences such as IATEFL.