Speakers recommended a shift from knowledge and content-based style of teaching to a participatory, experiential and skills-based approach, at the fourth International English Language Teacher Educator Conference-2014 (TEC 2014), jointly organised by British Council, India and English Foreign Language University (Eflu) here on Friday.

Arguing for innovations English Language Teaching (ELT) Consultant, Prof. Simon Borg threw light on how teachers have to become researchers to increase their professional skills involving their own students.

1,200 participants

The three-day conference saw more than 1,200 participants from various countries.

Rob Lynes, Minister of Cultural Affairs, British Council, India said innovation was more relevant in a multi-lingual and multi-ethnic India.

The nature of India necessitates and stimulates innovation, he said, adding that innovation is about the means to help young achieve their aspirations. Sunaina Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Eflu said E-teaching, E-modules using tools like YouTube and social networking would be the way forward.

Transformation

NCTE Chairperson Santosh Panda said teacher education was undergoing tremendous transformation and the NCTE was getting engaged with English teachers, teacher educators to develop a structured framework. “We would be engaging in handholding and proceed towards recognition followed by monitoring and continued professional development and assessment,” he said.

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