The Living Language
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.