Here is good news for about 32 lakh English teachers across the country. The International English Language Teacher Educator Conference 2013 (TEC 13) being hosted by the British Council and English and Foreign Language University (EFLU), will provide an opportunity to practice the teaching of language in a diverse environment.
The three day conference, to be conducted from March 16 to 18, will be held at Hyderabad International Convention Centre here.
Around 1,200 participants are scheduled to attend the meet representing 22 countries such as Africa, South East Asia and Europe, said assistant director of English Partnerships at British Council Alison Barrett.
“Last year we had 6,000 participants tuned in to the proceedings through webcast, and this year, we are expecting nearly 10,000 online participants,” she added. The conference is open for all English teachers at various levels in government and private sectors such as B.Ed, district institutes of education and training. Resource persons will focus on the challenges of updating teaching skills for English language teachers in diverse environment.
“India represents cultural and social diversity and as a teacher of the language, we often come across students from mofussil and rural areas who have to be trained differently. Further, English is not taught as a foreign language but as a second language to students in the spirit of inclusive education,” said vice chancellor of EFLU, Professor Sunaina Singh.
The proceedings of TEC held in 2012 were released during the event by the editor Dr. Philip Powell and senior consultant at British Council and Prof Paul Gunashekar, dean of English Language at EFLU.