August Issue

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Welcome to the August issue of the NELTA ELT Blog!

George R.R. Martin says, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

Though human life is short lived, you can make your existence eternal by reading and writing. Actually, reading does not only give you pleasure but it takes you into the world of words and gives you a unique sense of feeling. Reading then makes you interact with multiple characters of yourself evolved when you encounter different characters and perspectives while you are reading. You then ponder upon ideas that you agree or do not agree with and sometimes challenge your own standpoints. Hence, by writing and sharing you take a reader into this journey and give them a new sense of life. So, we believe that reading and writing gives you opportunity to live a thousand lives before one goes to the deathbed.

The more you write, read and share, the more you feel pleased. This issue has become a sharing issue and we are sure that this issue will please many hearts. In this issue, you will enjoy reading a lesson plan by an English teacher in Philippines. Mee Jay Domingo shares his best lesson plan for teaching speech communication in English language class. You can read his lesson plan and adapt his ideas for communicative activities in your class.

Next, you can read an article on co-teaching by Chadani Pant Bhatt, an English Access Microscholarship Program teacher from Kanchanpur, Nepal. She reflects upon her experience of being a co-teacher and shares some hands-on ideas. Her article attempts to answer the questions such as what co-teaching is, what the benefits of co-teaching are, and how we can practice it in our classroom. She also offers some guidelines for effective implementation of co-teaching in a classroom.

Then, you can read about the two Access teachers’ experience of participating in a teacher training program in the USA. Bharat Babu Kahanl and Kalpana Paudel share about their participation in a three-week long teacher training program in South Carolina.  Likewise, Madhukar KC, who was able to win a scholarship to attend the IATEFL’s annual conference this year, has compiled and shared abstracts from his and other different presenters who won scholarships to attend IATEFL conference in the past. His write-up gives information about how one should write abstract for the international conferences.

We wish you a happy reading and encourage you all to share the information that you accumulate with your colleagues.

We look forward to reading your comments to generate professional discussion on English teaching in EFL context.

For your ease, you can follow the link below to navigate directly to these write-ups:

1. Speech Communication in English Language Class: A Sample Lesson Plan, by Mee Jay Domingo

2. Co-teaching Concept and its Effectiveness, by Chandani Pant Bhatt

3. My Experience of International Access Teacher Training, by Bharat Babu Khanal

4. Beyond Borders: Experiencing IATEL as a Global Forum, by Madhukar KC

5. Journey of Professional Development Access Nepal to South Carolina, by Kalpana Paudel

Editors

Suman Laudari

Shyam Pandey

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