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
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
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.