Call for workshop proposals - 18th ELT Conference

EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH 

SATURDAY 23 & SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2017
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE (NCEL), PANGLONG HALL, YANGON

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

 

The theme of Myanmar’s premier ELT event for 2017 is:

ENGLISH AND DEVELOPMENT

This unique and prestigious education conference is now in its eighteenth successful year. The programme, which attracts 400 participants, features a key note speaker and two days of varied workshops. We would like to invite practising teachers, lecturers, teacher trainers and ELT specialists to facilitate workshops around the theme of English and Development. 

This year is a special year for us as we are collaborating with Myanmar’s National Centre for English Language (NCEL) who has kindly agreed to host the conference in Panglong Hall, a new centre for educational professional development.

Each 60 minute workshop will explore the theme and the strands of the conference by considering the following highlights:

1. English as a core skill in economic growth 

This sub – theme will consider the importance of learning English as a ‘core skill’ , along with numeracy, digital literacy and critical thinking in order to bridge the skills gap in developing countries and promote economic growth through equipping and empowering learners with transferrable language and soft skills to increase their employability.

2. ELT as a source of 21st century skills

This sub – theme aims to explore how communicative English language teaching approaches support the development of skills necessary for success in 21st century society and workplaces. Developing and encouraging higher order thinking skills through collaboration, communication and creativity will prepare society to be more flexible and adaptable to the fast changing global trends and transfer skills to an unpredictable future labour market.

3. The English classroom and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 17 SDGs defined in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are designed to frame future global strategy, “a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”.  Quality Education (SDG 4) sits at the core of the strategy. What role can the EL classroom play in the UN’s ambition?

4. English as a neutral, ‘link’ language

English language, as a lingua franca d can offer a safe platform for dialogue between peoples This sub–theme will explore the extent to which English can be used as a neutral, link language in multicultural societies and regions. To what extent can English connect diverse communities within and across countries and play a role beyond communication?

 

Points to keep in mind:

  • The majority of local participants are teachers of young learners but teachers of adults also attend
  • It is a good idea to design sessions that do not rely on participants having access to computers in their schools or foreign language bookshops. 
  • The most successful sessions consist of practical ideas and approaches that participants can readily transfer to their own classrooms. 

 

If you would like to facilitate a workshop, please complete the form below and email it to: eltyangon2017@mm.britishcouncil.org. If you are interested in facilitating more than one workshop, please submit the proposals separately. 

DEADLINE: Proposals should arrive not later than 28th July 2017 (Friday).  We will contact you regarding your workshop by 11th August 2017 (Friday).

For enquiries concerning the conference administration (registration, time, etc.), please contact us by calling 01370933, 370944 or by sending an email to: enquiries@mm.britishcouncil.org