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Lucknow to host conference on English language teaching
A private university in Lucknow is going to host this year's conference on "Role of English Language Teaching (ELT) in Education for Sustainable Development" supported by Regional English Language Office (RELO) of American Embassy and All India Network of English Teachers (AINET).

According to the organizers of the conference, as the world shifts into a global society and English increasingly becomes the language of transaction across the globe; educational institutions have to play a pivotal role in equipping tomorrow’s leaders with the power of English language. "As a result, the nature of English language teaching has to undergo a change as it meets the demands of preparing students’ for a global economy," add the organizers.

Accordingly, the purpose of this conference to be organised by Amity University is to create spaces around the key concepts of ELT in the global context for mutual sharing and learning for everyone associated with ELT, from teachers to professionals to researchers to materials developers, so all are tuned in to the changing times.

An abstract titled, "A Case of Development and Implementation of Spoken English Courseware for Pre-Primary Teachers" by this investigator has been accepted for round-table discussion session during the two-day conference that will commence on May 24 at Amity University Campus, Malhaur, and Lucknow.

According to this case study, a fifty-hour contextualized training course in spoken English was developed for pre-primary teachers working in the Campus School of University of Rajasthan in Jaipur after one-day need-analysis by an external expert and finalization of a fifty-hour courseware and a training framework for implementing the course. 

It was envisaged that the course-ware should be centered around 20 vowel sounds and 24 consonant sounds with emphasis on clarity of pronunciation and speaking with pause-principles. The proposed training framework consisted of fifty sessions of one-hour each per day in the micro-learning format.

The school-based with a zero-hour period spread over fifty days was deemed appropriate for teachers to be able to speak English well. The training sessions were split into five segments as modeling by the trainer; guided practice; small group practice; individual practice and demonstration of learning by the trainees.

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