The Liv­ing Lan­guage

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So­ci­ety of Pak­istan English Lan­guage Teach­ers (SPELT) or­ga­nized the 31st SPELT In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence at Habib Pub­lic School, Karachi on Novem­ber 7 and 8.

This year, the theme of the two-day an­nual event was “English Lan­guage Teach­ing - Tra­di­tions and In­no­va­tions.” The con­fer­ence was at­tended by more than 1000 teach­ers and stu­dents from pre-pri­mary, pri­mary and sec­ondary schools and higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions.

The Con­fer­ence fea­tured 24 ses­sions with lead­ing ELT (English Lan­guage Teach­ing) ex­perts from na­tional and in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions who dis­cussed ef­fec­tive meth­ods of teach­ing and learn­ing English as a for­eign or sec­ond lan­guage and iden­ti­fied key ar­eas of pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of English lan­guage teach­ers. The con­fer­ence also high­lighted in­no­va­tive strate­gies of teach­ing Urdu at the grass­roots level.

The sym­po­sium in­cluded we­bi­nars which were con­ducted by ex­perts from dif­fer­ent in­ter­na­tional uni­ver­si­ties and such or­ga­ni­za­tions as TESOL (Teach­ers of English to Speak­ers of Other Lan­guages), USA and IATEFL (In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Teach­ers of English as a For­eign Lan­guage), UK.

Among the speak­ers were Dr Lou McLaugh­lin, as­so­ciate rep­re­sen­ta­tive from IATEFL, UK, Sherry Blok, Canada, Dr Mick King, UAE, Farah S. Ka­mal, from the So­ci­ety for In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion, Pak­istan, Roger Smit, from the Aga Khan Univer­sity, Karachi, Joy­ace Ra­glow, USA, Ju­dith Usha Tarcy, Hun­gary, Dr Ah­mar Mah­boob, from the Univer­sity of Sydney, Aus­tralia, and Pro­fes­sor Zakia Sar­war, Dr Arfa Syeda Zehra and Amra Alam from Pak­istan.

At the con­clud­ing ses­sion, Dr. Alia Imam’s book “The Great Poet Josh Mal­i­habadi” was also launched. The book launch­ing cer­e­mony was fol­lowed by a se­ries of work­shops and an Urdu Mushairah. SPELT has been es­tab­lished with a mis­sion to pro­vid­ing a pro­fes­sional fo­rum for its mem­bers and prac­ti­tion­ers teach­ing English as a for­eign/sec­ond lan­guage to fa­cil­i­tate ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion and to im­prove the teach­ing and learn­ing stan­dards of English in Pak­istan.

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