31 October, 2016

Writing for second-language / additional language children

Workshop: Writing for second-language / additional language children

Venue:  Houghton (Johannesburg)
Date: 17 May 2018
Time: 10:00 – 15:00
Cost:  R300 non-members, R150 SCBWI members
RSVP: To Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

About the event:
Writing for second-language speakers of English is a challenge. How do you change your use of language without “talking down”? How do you bring the same level of excitement to the story? Ruth Pressler has been doing just this for a number of years. She will work with participants on specific writing skills.

About the facilitator:
Ruth Pressler has a teaching background, having taught in the Junior Primary (now Foundation Phase) for many years and also having served as Head of Department (FP) for eleven of those years. After leaving the Education Department, Ruth upgraded her Higher Diploma in Education to a Bachelor of Education Honours (Adult Education) in 2005 and a Masters of Education (Education, Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights) in 2008, both through Wits. Since leaving teaching Ruth has worked as a trainer of adult facilitators for an Adult Education training company. She writes material for educators and learners, at levels across the board, for a number of Educational Publishers, among them Pearson, MacMillan, Ochre Media and others. Ruth has gained much experience in writing for English FAL (First Additional Language) learners in the Foundation, Intermediate, Senior and FET phases. For the Intermediate Phase Ruth has written a number of titles for MacMillan’s ‘Readers are Leaders’ series; ‘Man of the House’ – aimed at adult English Second Language (ESL) learners at ABET Level 2 (equivalent to Grade 5) for New Readers Publishers and ‘Siege of Mafeking’ for Heritage Publishers. More recently she has written a wrap-around study guide on how to teach English as a First Additional Language (FAL) for students on a Bachelor of Education (Intermediate Phase) course for Educor.

This event is for illustrators and writers.

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