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Jaipur to host conference on 'English from Classes to Masses'
A three-day international conference on the theme 'English from Classes to Masses' is going to be held in Jaipur at Vivekananda Global University from August 21 to 23. The sub-themes of the conferences are related to approaches, methodology, evaluation and technology of English teaching and researches in language education.

In the 'Approaches to English Teaching' stream, the subthemes like the role of the mother-tongue in teaching English, teaching English in non-English medium classes; teaching slow learners; guidance and counseling; diagnostic testing and remedial teaching; enrichment programmes for slow learners; teaching English to rural and urban children; the influence of the home on classroom learning; impact of globalisation on our teaching English; approaches to the development of linguistic competence; motivating learners have been included.

In the 'Methodology' stream, the teaching strategies like collaborative learning; group learning; classroom climate; employability skills; task-based learning; joyful learning; communication skills; projects and assignments have been incorporated.

On the other hand, in the stream related to evaluation, formative evaluation; portfolio assessment and online tests form the main areas of deliberations. While, sub-themes related to technology include the technological tools for enhancement of learning; blogs and podcasts for developing linguistic skills; virtual classroom and language laboratory.

As a contributor to the conference my paper titled 'Developing and Making Use of a Board Game to Begin Learning of English for Transition to Prescribed English Textbook in a Hindi Medium School: A Pedagogical Experiment' has been accepted by the organizers.

The objective of the pedagogical experiment was finding the efficacy of board game in making a transition to the text books. The board game was used to build the sight vocabulary of students for six words and recognition of letters therein. A quick analysis of the parental reactions (N=30, lower middle class, state-board affiliation) showed significantly positive reactions (p =0.01, DF=1) when analysed using chi-squared test.

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