“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”

-A. C Graying

Greetings from the Himalayan land Nepal! Namaste!

We are immensely delighted to have our first publication of NELTA ELT Forum, the official blog of NELTA on the occasion of 19th International NELTA Conference. We believe this virtual space will create space for every ELT professionals and practitioners to open up new vistas of English language teaching thereby bringing local and global context.

It is our much-awaited dream to reach out to our ELT professionals globally and create a common discourse forum where we can churn our minds adhering to ELT issues. Finally we have been able to achieve it with the dedication of a new team of editors and NELTA colleagues. This virtual voyage, which Prof. Subedi says is a voyage of meaningful interactions, will accommodate productive and more functional ELT issues, research works and personal opinions. There will be a series of discussion threads on different ELT issues.

This is just the first step to a new voyage and the number of articles and interviews from renowned people in this issue have energized us to come up with other blog entries soon. We will definitely come up with another issue on the first of April. The first of every month, we will have our new publication bringing a lot of noble thought and functional ELT issues as well as research works. Just we want from our readers is a critical feedback which would help us to be more creative in the days ahead.

This issue comprises the interview with Mr. Brendan MacSharry, Country Director of British Council, Nepal and Prof. Dr. Abhi Subedi who have given their thought-provoking opinion about ELT situation in Nepal, reading culture and the inception of this new voyage. Similarly, the interview with Ms. Upasana Shrestha, a former Access teacher of English Access Microsholarship Program and the teacher of Pathsala Nepal, shares her experiences along with some theoretical input. She primarily deals the issue of ‘learning-centered instruction’ versus ‘learner-centered instruction’ taking account of creativity. In the same way, Mr. Shyam Pandey, the Country Coordinator of Access Program, shares his experience of attending the 46thInternational Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) conference held in Glasgow, Scotland, as an IATEFL Gilian Porter Lodousse Scholarship recipient 2012. It energizes everyone to make an effort to cherish their dream. We too have another blog entry of Ms. Madhu Neupane, a lecturer of Tribhuvan University, Faculty of English Education raising the issue of collaborative learning based on constructivism.  This is a world of co-existence so collaborative learning she opines, is really a helpful strategy to cope up with the students to bring out their inner creativity. She shares her own creative approaches and makes an analysis seeking the distinction between collaborative and cooperative learning. Last but not least is of Mr. Ashok Sapkota‘s,  Teaching Assistant of Tribhuvan University, Faculty of Education, article on ‘Essential Strategies For Teacher’s Professional Life Cycle’ that presents a model for the teachers’ professional cycle in which an ELT teacher passes as a novice teacher to a retired one, with various challenges, experiences and reflection in each stage leading oneself to the professional development. The article first provides seven stages of teachers’ professional development then moves to seven aspects that help for the teachers’ knowledge to enhance ones growth in each stage including few other additional strategies as markers of quality which help to make a novice as well as an experienced teacher to a professional teacher in the changing paradigm of ELT practices.

We strongly believe that this will be a phenomenal work to create a new vibe in Nepalese ELT and Global professional world. We are very much eager to get your feedback to improve it much better. Help us contacting at neltaeltforum@gmail.com or go to the feedback navigation key of our blog page and write us.

Enjoy Reading! Millions of thanks!


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