The British Council in Bangladesh trained the teachers for participating in the conference
Two government teachers from Bangladesh have attended the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) Conference 2019.
IATEFL is one of the largest professional associations of English language teachers in the world, with members from more than 120 countries.
This year a scholarship competition was held before the final conference of IATEFL. Bangladesh was invited to take part in this competition and the teachers had to go through a short interview after the primary selection to get selected for the final conference.
Considering the conference, the British Council in Bangladesh organised a training session for the finalists. The teachers were trained in different tactics helpful for preparing and presenting papers at the IATEFL Conference.
The British Council has been, for many years, working in partnership with IATEFL to ensure that the conference is effective, and reaches as many ELT professionals, as possible.
Regarding the learning opportunities at the conference, Jeni Evana Sultana, English assistant teacher at Government Laboratory High School from Mymensingh said: “We can’t sit back and use the same lesson plan for years without any change. We need to use technology as a support.
“Being dynamic means that you need to shift and change over time. It means that as your students evolve, so do you, and so does your teaching.“
“Moreover, I came to learn that inclusivity not only ensures the presence of learners at school but also their interests as well. Inclusivity in the classroom implies that the classroom environment is one in which all students feel that their contributions and perspectives are equally valued and respected,” she added.
The IATEFL conference
In 1967, IATEFL was founded by W.R. Bill Lee, who understood the need for an organization that would allow English language teachers to get together and share their ideas and problems
After 53 years of existence, IATEFL has developed a rich array of networks and different routes by which teachers and other English Language Teaching (ELT) professionals can participate in its activities.
The Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition began with an excellent plenary session. The 53rd conference covered a total of 500 sessions in the event.
After the plenary session, the participants were free to choose any session to attend in their areas of interest.
Speakers from around the world attended the conference where they focused on numerous topics including gender equality, teaching empowerment, and different teaching approaches.
Delegates (participants of the conference) got to learn about innovative approaches to teaching and learning, gained insight into the latest developments in the ELT field and benefited from valuable professional development, which can be used to train other teachers and/or improve their own practices.
Delegates also had access to publications and cutting edge research.
As such, the all-inclusive IATEFL conference offers delegates a unique opportunity to meet leading trainers, theorists, and writers, and to exchange ideas with fellow professionals from all sectors of English Language teaching and learning.
In addition, a large exhibition and Career Fair took place at the location of the conference, where delegates enjoyed exposure to resource materials from universities like Cambridge University, Trinity College, London, and many more.