Monday, May 30, 2011

News: Fun in the Classroom -- ICELT 2011

Fun in the classroom

If you are running out of ideas to keep the students in your English Language classroom interested and involved in the lesson, you definitely should not miss the International Conference on English Language Teaching (ICELT) 2011.

The conference, organised by Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Faculty of Educational Studies and supported by the Education Ministry, will be held from September 18 to 20 at the Swiss-Garden Golf Resort and Spa, Damai Laut, Perak.

It promises to be a one-of-its-kind conference for English language teachers focusing on infusing creativity, fun, and interesting activities into the teaching and learning experience.

Themed “Teaching English as a Performing Art”, ICELT 2011 will see a gathering of some of the world’s most renowned names in the performing arts and English language teaching.

Among the featured speakers will be Jan Blake, a leading storyteller who specialises in stories from Africa and the Caribbean.

Then there is much sought after performance poet Adisa, recipient of the Apples and Snakes New Performance Poet of the Year award. He has delivered his work all around the world, “from pub basements to Buckingham Palace”.

Modern-day court jester Vivian Gladwell, who lives and works in France, is another speaker you wouldn’t want to miss.

Other featured speakers are Alan Maley who has been involved in English language teaching for over 45 years. He has worked with the British Council offices around the world, including Ghana, Italy, France, China, India, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and his native country Britain.

British collaborative writers Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow – or collectively known as The Two Steves – who mostly work in the field of children’s literature, are also on the list of confirmed speakers at the conference.

The coming together of such an assortment of creativity and talent – with practical applications for the classroom – should provide a pool of valuable resources for the English language teacher or anyone who attends.

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