Turning ‘Right to English’ into Reality: Need for a Paradigm Shift in the Global Context
Students in the Indian education system are taught English through their first language in most cases. An Indian classroom in English is a mixed classroom. Other than in some elite institutions, a typical classroom in any country using English as its second or foreign language has students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. India has two million students in English classrooms who do not speak English at home, including the first-generation learners. This conference would contemplate on many questions and aspects of ELT in non-native contexts:
- How can we ensure that these students learn English along with others, as quickly as others and as happily as others?
- What method and material should a teacher use in the classroom?
- Do we need to write more interesting textbooks?
- Should the vast treasure of material on YouTube remain unwelcome in a classroom?
- What about films, audio and video clips?
- Are our teachers trained and oriented to use these available resources and help their students achieve the desired goals?
- Should India continue to have a kind of teacher education which takes two years and a lot of money to produce less than ten per cent of the annual requirement of trained teachers?
- Is it all right to use mobile phones in the classrooms?
A lot of questions of this kind must be addressed to make teaching and learning English successful and pleasant.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The ElTAI conference 2020 invites papers addressing problems and prospects of English language teaching in non-native contexts. The participants are requested to submit an anonymous abstract of no more than 250 words on any of the themes mentioned below. A separate file with details of author and title may be sent as another attachment. Authors must not submit more than one individual or one co-authored abstract. The abstracts can be submitted to <firstname.lastname@example.org> with a cc to <email@example.com>.
- Language Teaching Policy and its Implementation
- Changing and Emerging Goals of Teaching and Learning English
- Integrating Thinking Skill in ELT
- English for General, Academic and Specific Purposes
- Teaching English in the 21st Century: Approaches and Methods
- Integrating Technology in English Language Teaching and Learning
- English Course books, Workbooks and Supplementary Materials
- Developing Indigenous ELT materials
- Teacher Training, Teacher Education and Teacher Development: Relevance and Usefulness
- Alternative Modes of Assessment and Testing in ELT
- Teaching English to differently-abled Learners
- Research in Language & Language Education: New Models and Methods
- ‘Global’ or ‘Local’ English for the Learners?
- English vis-à-vis First languages in India
- Indian Writings in English
The abstracts will be selected through double blind peer review. They will be considered for oral or poster presentation depending upon the compatibility of their nature & scope in the current theme.
BEST PAPER/POSTER PRESENTATION AWARD will be decided by the conference chairs.