Conference focuses on practices, platforms in ELT

MUSCAT: Oman 15th International ELT Conference, organised by the Language Centre at Sultan Qaboos University, commenced yesterday at the university under the patronage of Dr Said bin Hamad al Rubaie, Secretary-General of the Education Council.

The Oman International ELT conference was founded in 2001 to serve as a professional forum for English language teachers and educators from around the world.

The conference provides excellent opportunities for sharing ideas, experiences and best practices in different areas of English Language Teaching. It is an exciting, stimulating and rewarding annual event for ELT professionals in all sectors.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the conference, Dr Saleh al Busaidy, Director of the Language Centre at SQU said that the theme of the 2015 conference “Pathways, Practices and Platforms in ELT” draws attention to professionalism in the field of ELT. “This is demonstrated in the ways in which we constantly review our practices and develop our skills as teachers on the pathway to more effective education for our students and ourselves.

Additionally, using technology in creative and innovative ways, increases the number of platforms where students can access English as a foreign language. Our success in teaching by exploring effective pathways and platforms depends on how we, as professionals, shape our practices to suit the contexts in which we work”, he said.

Khalfan al Kemyani, Conference Chair, said that over 700 participants and presenters are attending the ELT conference which features over 80 presentations, 12 workshops and 5 certified professional development workshops. The patron of the event opened the ELT material exhibition that features a selection of a wide range of the latest ELT publications and products.

In the first session of the conference, Roger Charles Nunn, Professor of communication at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, presented ten principles of critical thinking for teachers of all levels to consider in relation to their own learning and teaching experience.

On the second day, Dr Charles Hall, Associate Professor of English at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, will talk about “Killing off General English: why everything is ESP (English for Specific Purposes)”.

Widad al Hashmi, Chairperson of the symposium said that in the event many interested people and pioneers had lent their support. “The symposium seeks to create real opportunities for disabled people in higher education in all specialties.

It aims at educating academic staff and employees in the higher education with the capabilities of disabled people; and making academic staff ready to deal with disabled people”, she said.


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