This conference focuses on the new needs, demands and trends in English teaching in India – Edexlive


As a global language, English dominates commerce, science and technology. In India, which has 122 main languages ​​and 1,599 other languages ​​(2001 Indian census), English is used as the lingua franca. The 1963 Official Languages ​​Act states that English will continue to be used as the official language. As professional success depends primarily on proficiency in English, the need to teach the language effectively to help learners master it has been emphasized a lot in the recent past and in this context the importance of professional development of teachers English has been raised and discussed in many forums.

The Indian Association of English Teachers (ELTAI), founded in 1969 by the late Padmashri S Natarajan, is the largest network of English teachers in the country. With 60 chapters across India and with around 5,000 English teachers, trainers and researchers as members, ELTAI, an associate of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), has met the professional needs of English. language teachers across India in many ways. The annual conferences organized by ELTAI serve as a platform for professionals and practitioners to share their expertise, knowledge and good practices with teachers. These conferences provide an opportunity for ELT practitioners to promote effective teaching strategies and share research activities aimed at improving the quality of English teaching and learning in India.

The 15th International Conference and the 51st Annual ELTAI Conference on the theme Teaching English in India: new needs, new demands, new trends will take place on the weekends 20-21 and 27-28 November. The four-day virtual conference is expected to bring together around 4,000 English teachers who are members of ELTAI.

The concept note indicates that for the majority of learners, the use of English has become a difficult task…. “We cannot continue to teach as we have done; we need to prepare in “new” ways to respond to emerging and emerging scenarios. The needs of learners to learn English and acquire a minimum global standard of proficiency have changed, as have the demands on English teachers and the education system at all levels, as well. as trends in learning styles and course delivery, particularly towards online and blended learning. Therefore, the repetition of “New” in the theme underscores the urgent need to change the current teaching and learning ecosystem. ”

Prof. Dat Bao, Monash University, Australia, gives the keynote address on the topic “Rethinking the Silence: Research in Australia and East Asia” and Prof. Paul Gunashekar, formerly of EFL University, Hyderabad , delivers the ELTAI Founder Natarajan’s Endowment Lecture on the topic “Learner Dictionaries: What’s Happening in the World of Words” on the first day of the conference.

The four-day virtual conference features many interesting plenary lectures, talks, panel discussions, debates and symposia on a variety of topics, including Meeting the needs of 21st century language learners, blended, reverse, hybrid or virtual learning? Learn, unlearn and relearn, Developing indigenous models in ELT is a pipe dream, Assessment of learning; Assessment for learning; Assessment as learning, are aspects of e-learning here to stay beyond the pandemic? Advantages and disadvantages of technology in teaching English, NEP 2020: language teaching, integration of non-literary writing with mass media, social media in English studies.

The conference is a call to all English teachers in India to reflect on the need to formulate our own approaches and evolve good practices.
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Norma A. Roth