Director of the host institute, Prof. G Raghurama, said that technology alone can never lead to human transformation because culture and language have great influence on relevant and worthwhile absorption of technology in learning and life. He stressed the need for integrating globalization with localization by including more culturally relevant audio visual materials in teaching of English. He held the view that technology can play the role of an enabler and not that of leveler when left alone with proper interfacing with culture and language.
Noted educator, Prof Rajul Bhargava, in her keynote address said that culture is a bridge between technology and language since the latter is a quest for betterment, mitigating the communication barriers. While terming English as 'the global language' she said two thirds of the world’s educated population understands English currently. She further cautioned that over emphasis on technology in learning should be avoided since learning is a social act.
Prof. Pushp Lata, convener of the conference, said that an over-use of technology in language pedagogy needs to be checked and technology's role should be to work as an additional aid in order to improve quality of teaching. According to her an understanding of the socio-cultural use of language is essential before its interfacing with technology.
Over 140 papers were accepted during the conference, including one by this citizen journalist , with a centrality of intercultural awareness in language learning and teaching, social and cultural contexts of language teacher education, information communication technologies (ICT) based language instruction and allied topics.
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