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Participant presentations

Please find below the list of presential participants to the EA4workshop in Oslo. In addition to these colleagues, we are opening up our discussions to a wider circle of distance participants.

Both presential and distance participants are encouraged to log in as users in this platform and  introduce themselves.

We are looking forward to some great discussions!

NAME Function Institution Country
BENZAHIA, Margaret CPD Coordinator City of Aberdeen Scotland
BOLCS, DIANA Pedagogical counsellor NYITOK / ALLL Hungary
BRYSON, Emily ESOL Coordinator City of Glasgow Scotland
BYRNE, Mieke ESOL Trainer/Researcher County Kerry Ireland
CASTILLO GARCIA, Francisco Head of Lifelong Learning Department Andalusian Regional Ministry of Education Spain
DAVENNE, Julie Teacher trainer Lire et Ecrire Belgium
DOYLE, Dee ESOL/Literacy Teacher Trainer County Dublin Ireland
FOURY, Florence Ad Lit Program Coordinator, French Guyana Kaleda, (Nominated by ANLCI) France
HARDARDOTTIR, Gudfinna Adult Education Specialist FRAE Island
JONSDOTTIR, Solborg Head of Languages & Icelandic Dpt Mimir Lifelong Learning Center Island
MATEI, Romina Project Coordinator Intercultural Institute Romania
McKEOWN, Anne Teacher educator University of London England
PETRANOVIC, Matej Senior Advisor for Adult Education Ministry of Science, Education and Sports Croatia
PLESSERS, ELS Teacher trainer CBE Brusselleer Belgium
PREDESCU, Ekaterina Teacher Trainer Dolj County School Inspectorate Romania
QUIN, Rosie Curricula coordinator City of Glasgow Scotland
REPASI, Erika Pedagogical counsellor NYITOC / ALLL Hungary
SCHWAB, Irene Programme leader, PGCE Literacy and ESOL University of London England
SOKAJ, Maja Senior Advisor for Adult Education Ministry of Science, Education and Sports Croatia
41 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2014 9:25 pm

    Hi Els,
    I’m delighted that the resource might be useful to others.
    Kind regards and greetings from a very wet and dull Ireland.
    Lucky you,

  2. June 2, 2014 4:39 pm

    Hi everyone, It is good to be back in Europe digitally!

    Mary Flanagan here. I coordinate Clare Family Learning Project in County Clare in the west of Ireland. The family learning project has offered a hook into education to ESOL parents especially mothers over the past 7 years. We have good connections with designated disadvantaged schools who have Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) coordinators. Part of the HSCL remit is to engage and involve parents in learning. Some of our most needy parents have little or no literacy skills in their own language, and they have small children at home. Teachers don’t feel so competent working with parents as they have trained as primary school teachers, adult education and family learning supports their work.
    Schools have parent rooms where they invite parents to visit and attend different classes and events. We can offer classes in response to the needs locally. We have become the bridge between the home and formal adult education through this link. We are also allowed to have the smaller children who are not yet at school with their parents. This makes a huge difference to parents who would not have this opportunity to have their children in mainstream literacy/ESOL classes. We offer non formal as well as follow on certified courses. We use themed family learning e.g. cookery, sewing, art and craft, gardening as well as helping with maths and Irish homework. Parents build up their confidence, social networks, persistence in learning and learn many extra skills while attending these classes.
    I have led the Irish side of a Comenius Regio project 2010 – 2012 called Roma Families Learning. This allowed local partners: a primary school, a second level school, a migrant support centre and Clare Family Learning Project to work as a local team as each of us was already engaged with Roma families. It made sense and improved relationships. See A small bilingual booklet English Czech and English/Slovak called ‘Helping children to do well in school’ was produced (
    Good luck with the week.

    • June 2, 2014 8:17 pm

      Hi, Mary! How nice to be in touch with you again! You have actually posted this on the wrong page, because you are a member from the “wider circle”, which has a presentation page of its own. This page is for the participants who are in Oslo this week. But don’t worry. We leave it like this now. 🙂
      In any case, THANK YOU for your very relevant comments. we look forward to discussing these issues with you this week!
      Warm greetings from Oslo!

    • Els Plessers permalink
      June 3, 2014 12:43 pm

      Dear Mary
      Thank you for the information about family learning and the booklet, I’ll transfer it to my colleagues in Brussels who are developing a new project for parents to support their children at school.
      Greetings from Oslo

    • Anne McKeown permalink
      June 3, 2014 12:51 pm

      Hi Mary

      I think we met on a previous Grundtvig project about 2004 on mentoring projects for refugees. We hosted you in London. Good to hear from you again. Anne

  3. June 2, 2014 12:23 pm

    Hi, I’m Emily Bryson from City of Glasgow College. I am currently seconded to the ESOL Network Project. The project provides initial assessments and advice for ESOL students in Glasgow. It helps students to find classes and community classes to find students. You can see more information about it at our website

  4. June 2, 2014 12:13 pm

    Hello everybody! I am Ecaterina from Romania and I am looking forward to have a great experience during this Grundtvig workshop.
    In few words this is what my work involves
    •basic skills teacher for adults enrolled in Second chance and Low Frequency Programme at Anton Pann Secondary School (remedial primary and secondary education programme addressed to those adults who did not finish compulsory education)
    •Teacher and Trainer at DOMINOU Association (The association organizes accredited courses (by the National Council of Adult Development Training – ANC) in 19 fields. We have attracted a number of approximately 6000 trainees, 1000 of them future trainers of adults.)
    •Teacher trainer at Regional Teacher’s House Development and Lead advisor for European programmes * Erasmus Plus at Dolj County School Inspectorate

  5. Diana Bolcs permalink
    June 2, 2014 12:13 pm

    Hello, My name is Diana Bolcs, I am from Hungary. I work for the Hungarian Association for Lifelong Learnig.

    At the moment we are running a project: “NYITOK” Open Learning Center. What is “NYITOK”? It is a hungarian word and It means: I open… The Open Learning Center allows access to education fo adults and communities for whom it is not possible today…

    There are 50 Open Learning Centers in Hungary. Our mission is to promote employability, active citizenship and to contribute to the development of social inclusion locally by turning Life Long Learning into practice.

    As a learning integrator in the Open Learning Centre program I am continuously learning how to be more effective in the basic skills development for our target group.
    In Hungary there are minorities who are still having problems with the literacy and the Open Learning Centre program is amongst the first in the country to put focus on the literacy issues and my personal aim is as well to get more knowledge and experience about the different methods, teaching techniques to help these people.

    I am so happy to be part of the workshop`s team and I really hope that my contributions will be useful!

    • June 2, 2014 12:40 pm

      Dear Diana, who is financial supporting the Centers? what kind of courses you provide? Thanks!

      • Diana Bolcs permalink
        June 2, 2014 12:55 pm

        Dear Romina, thanks for your question. Our project is supported by the EU, co-funding by the European Social Fund.

        For more informations and the courses we offer you can check our website:

    • Erika Repasi permalink
      June 2, 2014 12:41 pm

      Hi everybody, I`m Erika, Diana`s collegue also from Hungary, I work as a learning counselor on Nyitok projekt.
      I would add the above that I`m here because my overall carrier goal is to be an expert in the field of training and development therefore I would like to get to know more extensive learning methods and teaching techniques first in order to help people with low basic skills effectively on the other hand to develope my expertise, so I`m glad to this oppotunity to participate in this course, thanks.

  6. Margaret Benzahia permalink
    June 2, 2014 12:11 pm

    Hi, Margaret from Aberdeen here, I am a Principal EAL Teacher in Aberdeen City Scotland, also a former teacher and scholar of French and Spanish language and literature. I am currently working mostly in a secondary school environment and deliver SQA ESOL courses. I also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Supporting Bilingual Pupils at Strathclyde University. I also deliver CPD courses to mainstream Secondary teachers for example at a Learning Festival held once a year in the city and the course also runs as a twilight session for teachers. Most teachers are mainly interested in acquiring resources to use in their classrooms for those pupils who do not yet have enough English to access the curriculum. However there is a greater focus on literacy and numeracy since the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland this year which means our strategies are most useful to all pupils in their classrooms.

  7. June 2, 2014 11:50 am

    I`m Rosie from City of Glasgow College. I`m currently responsible for co-ordinating our pre-entry literacy and A1 courses within the ESOL department, as well as teaching initial literacy classes to learners from all over the world. With more and more learners arriving at our institute at basic literacy level there is an increasing need to run CPD opportunities for our teachers who have had little or no training in this field. We are trying to develop a new CPD programme at the moment so this week will be a great opportunity to learn from other practitioners and policy makers to achieve this goal.

  8. June 2, 2014 11:50 am

    Hi all. I am Gudfinna from the Education and Training Service Centre in Iceland ( What I hope to get out of this workshop are ideas on how to support adult learning facilitators.

  9. Florence FOURY permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:48 am

    I manage the adult literacy program and I am the representative of French national agency for literacy in French Guyana.
    I work in french literacy network and participate to EUR`ALPHA network.

  10. June 2, 2014 11:48 am

    Interesting seminar going on at Vox offices in Oslo about Inmigrants literacy

    • June 2, 2014 12:24 pm

      Still the first day, but hope to get an idea of the different models and policies carried out in the dozen countries represented in the seminar and take good practices back home. Is it ok, Graciela 🙂

      • June 2, 2014 1:04 pm

        By the way, I’m Francisco Castillo (call me Paco, the short for Francisco), in charge of Lifelong Learning Service (General Directorate of VET and LLL) at the Andalusian Regional Ministry of Education: face to face, blended and elearning.
        In Andalucia leaning for adults is done in public adult schools of some types, for free. The theme covers a wide range of formal and non formal learning going from literacy to pre-university studies. More info :

        We have developed teaching materials exploiting the offciial curricula (if any) for nearly all studies included in the public offer. The materials are available and downloadable at:

      • June 2, 2014 2:12 pm

        In Catalonia it’s like in Andalusia, but in Catalonia there are a lot of materials for catalan as a second language for literate people, but no for illiterate.
        It’s very important to distin if are literate or not.
        If are literate we have like in all Spain the Oficial School of Languages, for the illiterate we have the schools for adults and the non lucrative organisations but the teachers don’t have the especialisations, are this is a big problem.

  11. June 2, 2014 11:47 am

    I`m a senior advisor for lifelong learnin at the Ministry of Sceince, Education and Sports in Croatia (Zagreb). In this workshop of inital literacy, I`m hoping to learn about good practice and experience in basic skills model, specially the methodology of making it.

  12. Irene Schwab permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:46 am

    Hello it’s Irene again
    I have been an adult literacy teacher in London for nearly 40 years and my role now is to train other adult literacy teachers. Because London is a multicultural and multilingual city, many adult literacy learners are also bilingual or multilingual. Likewise many migrant English (ESOL) learners are not just language learners but also literacy learners and so we have developed a teacher training course that provides training for teacher to teach both English for speakers of other languages and literacy at the same time.

  13. julie permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:45 am

    I m working for lire et ecrire (reading and writing) the only school specialized in unalphabetized public in the french part of Belgium

  14. Solborg Jonsdottir permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:45 am

    Hello. I¨m Solborg from Mimir Lifelong Learning Center in Iceland. I have taught Icelandic as a second language for too many years! My experience in this field is mainly based on teaching all levels, and students from all over the world. (Yes, they come to Iceland too!). I have written several textbooks in Icelandic for immigrants, both for general courses and work related Icelandic. ( I like to use games and various methods and have taught teachers and worked for the Education and Training Service Center in writing a curriculum for initial literacy for immigrants in Iceland. I am grateful for this opportunity to meet colleagues from many countries and take part in this exciting program.

    • Diana Bolcs permalink
      June 2, 2014 12:30 pm

      Dear Solborg, I am really interested in what kind of methods and games you work with so I am looking forward to hear more about it!

    • June 2, 2014 12:54 pm

      Dear Solborg, I am wondering if you also created the methodology for culture orientation? do you approach this topic in initial literacy for migrants programs? do you do separte this kind of courses? I would like to know more about this subject 🙂

  15. Matej permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:45 am

    I’m senior Adviser for Adult Education. I work in Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of Croatia.

  16. Dee Doyle permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:44 am

    Dee Doyle – Initial Literacy Teacher with adult refugee groups, Roma and young offenders in the prison system. I am ESOL Teacher Trainer and Volunteer Trainer in Dublin. I have also worked ESL as a Cambridge Oral Examiner and as Director of Studies in EFL in Dublin City University and the American College, Dublin.
    Presently, I am working on volunteer training and inclusive approaches for lerners in initial literacy.

  17. June 2, 2014 11:44 am

    Hi this is Mieke Byrne from Ireland. I work as an ESOL (English speakers of other languages) resource worker for Adult Basic Education in the Kerry Education Training Board. I organise English classes for unemployed migrant workers and asylum seekers. I am a teacher in adult, further and basic education and I have taught English to speakers of other languages in the past.

  18. June 2, 2014 11:42 am

    Lovely to be here!

    • June 2, 2014 12:32 pm

      So more information about myself 🙂 I work as a project coordinator in Intercultural Institute Timisoara, I currently coordinate projects on different topics as: migrant integration, Roma integration, women empowerment and youth work. On the field of literacy my organisation develop the curricula for teaching Romanian language and culture orientation for migrants. I have also a Master degree in Adult Education – I love to do trainings in non-formal contexts … I stated this work back in 2006, first as a volunteer and then as a paid staff. I like a lot to experience new teaching methods – I apply life long learning 🙂 I just implemented a Grundtvig workshop on methods for Roma literacy – where we experienced methods like: photo langage, story telling, animation, photo-motion, Forum theatre, “Walk and talk!” – outdoor education … etc.
      I am a beliver and I love dancing and travelling. I also like to work and be in networks – I coordinate for 3 years an international youth network and I understand the power and the motivation that a network can give and I am happy to get to know EBSNetwork!

      • June 2, 2014 12:47 pm

        I’d love to know more about your Grundtvig workshop. Can I access information anywhere online?

      • June 2, 2014 12:56 pm

        Dear Roseline, Unfortunately the report is not ready – so I cannot provide yet the information online – only face to face 🙂

  19. Anne McKeown permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:40 am

    Hello, I’m Anne. I’m mostly involved in initial teacher training for adult literacy and ESOL teaching in England. I’m also involved through the NRDC in research and development projects relating to literacy ESOL and numeracy teaching and teaher training.

    • June 2, 2014 12:23 pm

      What is NRDC?

      • Irene Schwab permalink
        June 2, 2014 12:28 pm

        NRDC = National Research and Development Centre for Literacy and Numeracy (which includes English for Speakers of Other Languages)

      • Anne McKeown permalink
        June 2, 2014 12:32 pm

        The National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy for adults, which includes ESOL, although that wasn’t in the original title. It was set up by government as part of the Skills for Life strategy in 2001, to develop research in the under-researched field of adult literacy and numeracy, and to bring together research and practice. NRDC supported a large number of research projects during the period up to 2007. All the reports are freely available at, NRDC is still actively involved in research and development work in literacy, ESOL and numeracy and is involved in a number of European initiatives.

  20. Els Plessers permalink
    June 2, 2014 11:40 am

    After 10 years of teaching Dutch as a second language, I became a staff member of the Brussels Adult Basic Education Center. Now I organize the professional development of literacy teachers.

  21. June 2, 2014 11:33 am

    Hello everyone
    This is Irene from Institute of Education, university of London, England. Glad to meet you all here in sunny Oslo

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