Report on the 9th International and 45th Annual ELT@I Conference
The 9th International and 45th Annual ELT@I Conference 21-23 August 2014 was special in many ways. It, for the first time crossed the boundaries of Tamil Nadu, Chennai in particular to travel to far North, Rajasthan, Jaipur.
IATEFL-FUNDED TRAINING THE TRAINERS WORKSHOP ON VIRTUAL LEARNING
It is an accepted fact that one area where Indian teachers need orientation most is the use of technology in their teaching. In fact, our students are more comfortable with new technologies than their mentors. The former love to work with computers and use mobiles in a big way. But most of their teachers unfortunately continue to adopt traditional methods of teaching and lack skills in the use of computers and mobiles in their teaching. The main reason is they lack training in this area. So we thought our chapters may undertake first the job of training teachers working in their areas of jurisdiction. We realized that we should first train a a few members as resource persons so that they may train in turn other teachers. We approached a leading college in Tamilnadu —Thassim Beevi Abdul Khader College for Women, Kilakarai for its collaboration in conducting a training programme on Virtual learning and they readily agreed..
We had another objective in mind in organizing this workshop. It is to help our active chapters to enroll new members when they conduct similar programmes later within three months at the conclusion of this programme at their places. Here I should point out that our Association is the oldest among the all the Associates of IATEFL—45 years old---and the largest one too with about 4700 members and 44 chapters functioning in different parts of the country. Ours is a big country with lakhs of teachers working at different levels of education. We have been trying our best to enroll more and more members . But still there is a long way to go. We encourage the formation of chapters with a minimum of 25 members and also tell them they could keep ten percent as the subscription amount they collect when they enroll new members. But only a few chapters are found to be active. We decided to involve them in our training program thereby helping them to enroll new members also when they organize a similar program later.
So the objectives of organizing the two-day Workshop for Training the Trainers on Virtual Learning may be stated as follows:
1. To train a set of resource persons from our active chapters in organizing workshops for training teachers in the use of Internet tools for teaching English and
2. To enable them enroll new members also for their chapters at the workshops hey would be required to organize within three months from the conduct of our Workshop.
A proposal for conducting a Training the Trainers Workshop on VirtuaL Learning was submitted to IATEFL and it was approved and a liberal grant sanctioned.
As mentioned in our proposal we selected 20 active chapters of ours and asked their convenors to nominate members—one each—for undergoing training in a two-day workshop organized by us. Of the twenty so nominated three could not participate for some reason or other.
It was decided to include the following in the Workshop and the schedule was accordingly prepared.1. Virtual classroom
2. Flipped classroom
3. Mobile learning.
4. Google Drive
5. Social Networking
7. Blogging and
8. Google and Yahoo groups.
Our next task was to identify resource persons for conducting our two-day Training the Trainers program on Virtual learning. Three experienced members of ELTAI –Dr. Ramani, Dr. Revathi viswanathan and Mr. Xavier Pradeepsingh --who have conducted workshops of a similar nature earlier were requested to assist us in running the workshop. They were also requested to prepare training Manuals in respect of the Internet tools selected. The Manuals may be accessed at
https://sites.google.com/site/virtuallearningworkshop/ Hard copies of these Manuals were also given to all the participants.
The Training the Trainers Workshop was successfully conducted at TBAK College for Women, Kilakarai, as scheduled on 9-10 August 2014. A Feedback Questionnaire was given to all its participants. They were also instructed to submit their Bids for some financial assistance from IATEFL-ELTAI for conducting workshops under the auspices of their chapters. ELTAI would once again like to express its gratitude to IATEFL for its support and Prof. Gary Motteram, Membership Chair, IATREFL, for his guidance in successfully implementing this project
9th International and 49th Annual ELTAI Conference
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The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), UK,of which ELTAI is an Associate, has sanctioned a grant for our Association for conducting a National Workshop on Virtual Learning on 9-10 August at the TBAK College for Women, Kilakarai (TN). It is meant for selected members of our existing chapters and also others who are prepared to take the initiative in starting our chapters in major cities. Members willing to do so may contact me as early as possible..