Theme: Adventure in Teaching and Learning: Exploring and Renewing in English Language Teaching
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
To have adventure is always fun in real life, and in English language teaching and learning, it is coping with the challenges exploring noble strategies and approaches to yield productive outcome by scaffolding our own learning incomes.
We are always having meaningful professional adventure as a teacher, teacher trainer and teacher educator. The one who wants to bring newness in his/her profession always tries to go beyond being mediocre. For this, he/she explores the noble path with some purpose as Carroll states in first two lines. At times we need to risk ourselves while having exploration yet it is purpose-driven.
As a teacher, teacher trainer and academician, we need to be in a position to learn and update ourselves, which is renewing. So exploring and renewing go together. The one who updates and explores is a learner for his/her profession and further he/she can enjoy in his/her career path utilizing his expertise built through new learnings.
In this issue, you can explore our authors’ experiences, perceptions and research works in ELT. These were their adventure in teaching and learning. You can find how they have explored and renewed themselves to march forward in the ELT trajectory. To begin something new, we too have started publishing British Council resources. Teacher’s confession coordinated by Umes Shrestha is always of your interest as we have learnt from your response.
In the first blog entry, Sarita Dewan confesses how she transformed herself to stand in a position to prepare global citizens from merely teaching ABCD in her early career. She states journey of teaching is like a roller coaster for her. Similarly Prabha Khadka has brought a new taste to the ELT Forum. She has reviewed ‘Ann Frank’s Diary’ which was published in 1947 and translated in several languages. She says it will help the students of grade eight as the diary’s extract is there in grade eight Eglish textbook of Nepal. We consider it will equally help teacher to collect some background information before they go to the ‘Ann Frank’s Diary’. As stated earlier, we are trying to make you explore different resources. For this we are publishing British Council ELT resources and this time we have the article by Kevin Thomson on Assessing learning 1: Self- and peer assessment. It contains some assessment-related vocabulary items, classroom phrases, some useful activities on self-assessing and peer-assessing writing and training students to give their classmates feedback. Laxmi Prasad Ojha is coordinating the British Council Series. Another blog entry is by Kunjar Mani Gautam on creativity in language classroom in which he has dealt what creativity is and its positive impact in the learning situation. Rajeev Shrestha in his article has maintained the difficulties in English language teaching. In his article, he has reflected how different ELT experts and practitioners have dealt this issue in international conferences of NELTA. He has also suggested how these challenges can be coped with. Last but not least, Pitri Raj Bastola has analysed the techniques prescribed in the bachelor’s course designed for English specialization in Nepal. He has also suggested some techniques that can be implemented while teaching this course to the adults.
And as always, Umes Shrestha in Teachers’ Confession series, has brought the confession of Surya Prasad Ghimire who is an author, teacher and teacher trainer based at Makwanpur, Nepal.
Dear valued readers, we hope this issue will definitely instigate you to think about yourselves and have adventure to renew your learning through exploration. Please do comment on articles, and send us if you have any unpublished articles which are related to our themes. We notify call for articles to you through NELTA official facebook page and yahoo groups.
For your ease, we have hyperlinked a list of the contents incorporated in this issue of the NELTA ELT Forum.
- From Teaching Students ABCD to Preparing Global Citizens by Sarita Dewan
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Prabha Khadka
- Assessing learning 1: Self- and peer assessment by Kevin Thomson( Series Coordinator: Laxmi Prasad Ojha)
- Creative Teachers: Creativity in Language Classroom by Kunjarmani Gautam
- Difficulties of English Language Teaching by Rajeeb Shrestha
- English Language Teaching Technique: A Discussion by Pitri Raj Banstola
- Teacher’s Confession: Surya Prasad Ghimire (Series Coordinator: Umes Shrestha)
Finally, we would like to offer you Alan Maley’s creation here.
Outside the Box
Being inside the box
was comfortable –
warm and cosy.
We curled up
with cushions of routine,
wadded with words,
blanketed by books,
swaddled in certainties.
A bit stuffy perhaps,
and we sometimes felt cramped,
but never mind,
we were so used to it
that it felt normal –
and, as I said,
Out here we are exposed,
and cold winds blow.
We need to hold on tight,
keep our eyes open
for sudden snow squalls,
It’s a precarious existence now –
but here we can move and breathe,
see clear to the far horizon.
And if we come to a cliff,
we know we can step off it into empty air,
trusting it to bear us up.
We have no fear
Nagoya, November 2010