E-Learning Tools for Functional English

A half-day workshop


Indicative Cost: £65.00 (per ACER member)  £75.00 (non-members) includes lunch

Aim of the workshop

This workshop aims to explore a range of e-learning tools and teaching approaches that Functional English tutors can use both in the classroom and in the delivery of blended learning models.


Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • reflect on the impact of new technology on the changing literacy needs of learners
  • evaluate a range of e-learning tools and websites to develop reading and writing skills in classroom activities
  • explore ways in which digital technology can be used to promote blended learning models
  • identify ways in which new technology can help to promote a collaborative and active learning approach to Functional English teaching

Trainer: Bob Read31 May 2012 18_22_33

Bob originally trained and worked as a special educational needs teacher in secondary schools but in recent years has worked extensively in the post 16 sector as a literacy subject specialist.  Since 2004 he has worked as a Training and Development Adviser for ACER (Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region), supporting staff who teach Functional Skills and delivering subject specialist teacher education programmes.

As digital technology continues to shape the way we communicate, an increasing element of Bob’s teacher training activities involves exploring how e-learning tools and approaches can be used both in classroom teaching and as a way to develop blended learning models.  In 2010 Bob trained as an LSIS E-guide and has since specialised in running e-learning workshops for literacy and numeracy tutors.  In 2011 Bob and Maria Neary, a colleague from Essex ACL won a  JISC Techdis OASES award for their work in promoting Institutional Progress on Equality using Technology.

OASES award