Outstanding contribution award for NIACE ESOL work

9th July 2013

An Outstanding Contribution to ESOL Award has been given to Chris Taylor – NIACE’s former lead on English for Speakers of Other Languages – by the National Association for the Teaching of English and Other Community Languages (NATECLA).

Judy Kirsch, Co-Chair of NATECLA, said:

“Chris worked in ESOL for many years, at the Refugee Council and latterly at NIACE, where she led their work on ESOL. During her career, Chris contributed to and ran many inspirational workshops and conferences, including many sessions for NATECLA.

“She is known for her work on citizenship, in particular developing the ESOL Citizenship materials for NIACE in conjunction with LLU+. More recently she edited the study guide for the new citizenship test and highlighted the implications of the Home Office’s Statement of Intent on Family Migration in 2012.

“Prior to this she supported many providers and local authorities to respond to the ‘New approach to ESOL’ in 2009/10. During the Action for ESOL campaign Chris provided thoughtful and measured ideas and, through NIACE and the Refugee Council, she organised a highly successful parliamentary meeting to bring the consequences of the eligibility proposal to the attention of MPs and peers.

“Through her work at NIACE, Chris was an untiring and passionate advocate of ESOL. She always kept the learners and their needs as her main focus and was positive and supportive to work with. NATECLA would like to formally thank her for all she has done for ESOL and to wish her all the very best.”

Chris Taylor, who has recently retired, said:

“I’m really thrilled to receive this NATECLA award, what an honour. I’ve loved working in ESOL – it’s been a passion, not a job. I’ve met wonderful students, worked with brilliant colleagues who have become friends and learnt so much along the way. It’s been a privilege to get up in the morning to do a job that’s so worthwhile.”

Carol Taylor, NIACE Director for Development and Research, said:

“Outstanding is a fitting word to use to describe Chris’s impact on ESOL over so many years. Outstanding also sums up her professionalism, in depth knowledge, networks and relationships in the field and feel for the subject. It is difficult to describe the importance of the role Chris has played for NIACE, in ESOL policy and with so many learners and teachers, locating her extensive knowledge in a compassion for people who often find themselves poorly served by the country they live in. Many, many congratulations from us all at NIACE on receiving this well deserved award.” 

NATECLA has also given an Outstanding Contribution Award to Dan Taubman, National Education Official at UCU and a member of NIACE’s Policy and Strategy Committee. He said:

“I am delighted and honoured to be given this award by NATECLA. It means so much to me to have such an honour from my friends and peers. I am proud to have been part of the Action for ESOL Campaign which was one of the best I have been involved with in 40 years.”