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.
The Pink City proved an ideal alternative for change of venue. Rajasthan- Jaipur Chapter took up the challenge to host the big event and assume the role of an able facilitator in sharing Innovative Projects aimed at improving English Language proficiency among students. The selected venue was the Sprawling VIT campus which boasts of a huge auditorium, spacious and ventilated classrooms well equipped in technology. The presence of English Language professional from all over the world added color and charm to the atmosphere. The gathering complemented the theme of the Conference –English from Classes to Masses.
With a large involvement of teachers and scholars from every nook and corner of India, a variety of thought provoking ideas and insights contributed to the honest endeavour to elevate the status of ELT in India. Distinguished Professionals from India, U.S.A, U.K, Turkey, Iran, and Bangladesh graced the occasion. Among them were Key note Speaker Prof R.P.Bhatnagar, Diane Millar, Christopher Brandwood Thomas Orr and Amy Lightfoot. They actively participated in the deliberations. Over the three days, plenary sessions, panel Discussions, Symposium, Colloquium and twelve workshops and two featured presentation by Dr.Rajneesh Arora and Dr.Kalyan Chatopadhya were conducted. ELT@I Chapter representatives' meeting was also held to evolve new strategies to better the state of English Language teaching in India. Over 500 participants registered for the conference and over 260 of them presented intently researched and action based papers.A wide range of topics were covered-Catering to slow learners, Use of mother tongue in teaching English, and use of Technology featured prominently.
The enthusiasm of the publishers was also commendable as they found themselves among real booklovers. The conference also witnessed Book release on two days. The host institution VGU(VIT Campus) offered remarkable hospitality. They even entertained the guests with a cultural program. Their arrangements of meals and lodging and the role of the student volunteers have been lauded by each and every participant.