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International Conference on "English Language Teaching"

 

A Report

TOTAL REGISTRATIONS: 170
DAY 1 SESSION 1: PLENARY
TIME:  9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
PLENARY TOPIC: Learning from the Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Analysing Success and Failure
The plenary speaker was Ms Amy Lightfoot (Senior Training Consultant British Council). Delving on evolving as student friendly teacher & trainer, Ms Lightfoot insisted on learning from Practical experiences that teacher has while teaching students. A good mentor has to be sensitive to each experience and imbibe positives. Only an evolved trainer can motivate learners to excel in their field.
Session was interactive with the audience engaging in discussion with Ms Amy Lightfoot.
 
SESSION 2: INAUGURATION
TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Mr. Rajeev Kapoor (Secretary, His Excellency Honb’le Governor of Uttar Pradesh) was the Chief Guest. Keynote address was rendered by Prof. Raj N. Bakshi, Director, English & Foreign Languages University, Lucknow . The keynote chair was Ms. Diane Millar (Regional English Language Officer, RELO, US Embassy).
 
 SESSION 3: PANEL DISCUSSION
TIME: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Should ELT acquire the Status of an Industry in India?
This Panel discussion was a major highlight of the day with eminent panelists contributing their thoughts to the integral need for integrating English Language Teaching with the industry. There were frevent appeals by the panelists to regulate, monitor and introduce norms in teaching accurate and need-based language modules for effective learning. Panel was chaired by Prof. Raj N Bakshi and podium contributions were given by:
(i) Ms. Diane Millar: Regional English Language Officer, American Centre, US Embassy.
(ii) Mr. Jayant Krishna: Principal Consultant and Regional Head, Tata Consultancy Services.
(iii) Dr. Amol Padwad: National Convener (AINET).
(iv) Prof. Vaishna Narang: Prof. of Linguistics (JNU).
(v) Ms. Amy Lightfoot: Senior Training Consultant (British Council).
(vi) Ms. Angela Ffrench: Assistant Director, Language Assessment Cambridge English.
(vii) Mr. Daniel Ringold: English Language Specialist, RELO US Embassy.
 
SESSION 4: PARALLEL WORKSHOPS
TIME: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
7 Parallel workshops on important areas of English Language Teaching were conducted by eminent trainers who were sponsored by Regional English Language Office, RELO (US Embassy), British Council & Cambridge English.
 
SESSION 5: PARALLEL PAPER PRESENTATION FOR DELEGATES
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
10 parallel paper reading sessions that were chaired by eminent professors of English from Universities like English & Foreign Languages University (EFLU) Hyderabad & Lucknow University of Assam and the like was organized where paper representations were given by ELT teachers, research scholars from Yemen, Nepal, and Bangladesh as well as from various Indian States.
 
SESSION 6: PHOTO SHOOT
TIME: 6:00 PM
 A photo shoot was organized and all participants were given a copy of the photograph as a souvenir of remembrance.
 
 
 
 
DAY 2 SESSION 1: PARALLEL PAPER READING SESSIONS
TIME: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
10 parallel paper reading sessions that were chaired by eminent professors of English from Universities like English & Foreign Languages University (EFLU) Hyderabad & Lucknow, University of Assam and the like was organized where paper representations were given by ELT teachers & research scholars.
 
 SESSION 2: PLENARY 2
TIME: 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Topic: From Information Processing to Cognitive Empowerment: Pedagogical Practices in the Last Decade.
Prof. Vaishna Narang, Professor of Linguistics JNU gave a comprehensive evaluation of pedagogical practices in second language teaching.
The session was chaired by Ms. Angela Ffrench (Assistant Director, Cambridge English Language Assessment)
 
SESSION 3: DEBATE
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The ELT LOGJAM
Topic: Technology in the ELT Classroom makes for Efficient and Effective Teachers.
This was the most participative and thought engaging session.
Proposing: Dr. Kalyan Chattopadhyay (Vice President, ASIACALL)
Opposing: Dr. Kirti Kapur (Associate Professor, NCERT)
Chair: Mr. Daniel Ringold (RELO US Embassy)
 
SESSION 4: PARALLEL WORKSHOPS
TIME: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
6 Parallel workshops on important areas of English Language Teaching were conducted by eminent trainers who were sponsored by Regional English Language Office, RELO (US Embassy), British Council & Cambridge English.
SESSION 5: PLENARY 3
TIME: 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Plenary Topic: Communication is the Key.
Deliberations: The talk focussed on how message clarity is the key to communication. The speaker said that at the University level, a communications teacher should not inhibit the how of communication by laying too much stress on the rigid structures of grammar this should be stressed on at the school level. The chair for the session was Ms. Diane Millar (RELO, US Embassy).
 
SESSION 6: VALEDICTORY
TIME: 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Prof. Abhishek Mishra, Honourable Minister, Science & Technology (UP) was the chief guest. He lauded the theme of the conference for its relevance to current times. Quoting Rudyard Kipling  (“I keep six honest serving men, they taught me all I know; their names are What, Why, When, How, Where & Who”) he said, it would pay us all to seek answers to the other three questions as well.
 
HIGHTLIGHTS OF THE CONFERENCE:
(a) Prize sponsored by RELO US Embassy were given away as follows:
·       First question plenary 1
·       First question plenary 2
·       First question plenary 3
·       First question key note address
·       First question panel discussion
·       First question debate
·       First registration for the conference
·       50th registration for the conference
·       100th  registration for the conference
·       150th  registration for the conference
·       First spot registration
·       First registration by UP Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan.
·       Most active participation in workshop (7 prizes)
(b) Prizes sponsored by National Geographic Learning, Cengage Learning.
·       15 teachers (lucky draw) were given away TESOL certified ELT Advantage Professional Development online course worth of USD 200.
(c) Training of government sponsored teachers.
·       UP Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (UPRMSA) and District Institute of Education & Training (DIET) had sponsored 50 teachers for training & participation in the conference. 
(d) ELT Book Exhibition by Publishers.
·       Cengage Learning, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Orient Black-swan, Srijan and RELO put up their stalls displaying their best books on ELT.

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