The English Language Teachers’ Association of India (ELTAI), an Associate of IATEFL, is happy to share its experience of implementing a teacher training project on virtual learning funded by IATEFL. The grant was announced at last year’s IATEFL conference at Harrogate and ELTAI felt very happy to use the opportunity to reach out to as many teachers of English as possible and provide them training in the use of internet tools for the teaching and learning of English. The project envisaged training the convenors of our active chapters in virtual learnibg through a ‘Training the Trainers Workshop’ first and then require them to conduct such workshops for teachers in their respective regions vith a view to strengthen their chapters.
The first training programme for trainers was conducted on 9th and 10th August, 2014 at Kilakkarai in the southern part of India close to the famous temple town of Rameswaram; It was attended by about 17 representatives of our chapters from all over India. It covered the following areas: virtual classroom; Google Drive; Google and Yahoo groups; blogging; social networking sites such as FaceBook and Twitter; Wiki; mobile learning; and flipped classroom. The participants were provided hands-on experience in using these tools for enhancing their students’ learning of English.
The trainers were required to conduct similar training workshop for ESL teachers in their respective regions within thre month and we are happy to state that over fifteen such follow-up workshops have already been conducted so far in various parts of India- , from Tuticorin and Tirupati in the south to Bilaspur in the north and Shillong in the north-east. Besides these, six workshops for cluster institutions of Kendriya Vidyalayas—Central schools—in the Chennai region in different locations across the state. A similar initiative has been taken with another group of schools, privately managed, across the state. Needless to point out there is a growing interest in virtual learning and demand for such workshops from other educational institutions, thanks to our project. We see this as an ongoing project even after utilizing the IATEFL grant.
Through a feedback form specially designed for the purpose, the participants were asked to rate the usefulness of each of the training sessions (topic-wise) and the adequacy of time allotted for each session (both on a 3-point scale). Nearly all of the participants of the fifteen-odd workshops conducted so far were satisfied on both these counts (i.e., useful and adequate respectively). Some, however, would have liked more time for some of the topics, a perception also shared by the resource persons and the project team. These could form the focus of future programmes. To another question about their level of satisfaction with the arrangements made for working with computers during the workshop for the hands-on experience, the response was positive. Overall, they rated the conduct of the workshop as successful.
The participants were also asked an open-ended question on the lessons learnt from the workshop experience as a teacher. Here are some excerpts from their responses chosen at random:
They were also asked what they would do differently as a result of what they had learnt from the workshop when they went back to their classrooms. Here is a sample:
These workshops have given us an opportunity to come face-to-face with members of our association from different chapters across the country and interact with them, We have also been able to strengthens our Association by enrolling new members realizing one of the objectives of this project.For more details you may contact :firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to expres our gratitude to IATEFL for providing us a liberal grant for carrying out this project. .Dr. S. Rajagopalan,
Head, ELTAI-IATEFL Project on Virtual Leaning.
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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.