Modern Teaching English Strategies

The Third Annual Forum on ELT titled Modern Teaching English Strategies was held on 14 April 2018 at the Mercure Hotel in Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia. The event was organized by the Faculty of Languages and Translation at King Khalid University in cooperation with Al Khaleej Company. The primary aim of the forum was to share ideas about modern pedagogy. The program consisted of two sessions and ten presentations.

The first session commenced with Ian Albert’s presentation titled Use of Visuals for Use with Touchstone. He showed how to effectively use the coursebook in terms of the use of pictures in teaching grammar. Ian’s presentation was followed by Myles Michael who, in his presentation titled Motivation in the Classroom, focused on how classroom activities could cater to proper motivation and how extrinsic motivation could be shifted to intrinsic motivation. In the next presentation titled Games Related to Touchstone, Anhar Redmond showed how to make practical use of games and activities in class with the help of the coursebook titled Touchstone 1. Abubakar Elasha, on the other hand, spoke about Multiple Intelligence and what teaching strategies language teachers should apply according to their type of intelligence. He focused on logical, verbal, interpersonal, naturalistic and many other types of intelligence. The final presentation in the session was delivered by Murshid Haider Choudhury who spoke on the subject of Teaching Target Culture to Saudi EFL Students in the 21st Century. He emphasized the judicious integration of local and L2 cultures in textbooks, and the need for EFL teacher training on how to teach culture in a pedagogical manner.

The second session began with a workshop titled Cooperative Learning Groups: More Than Just One Group Work by Sheila Simpkins, who showed how to engage learners in group work in reading lessons. She primarily emphasized cooperative group work in which each learner would be actively involved in the learning process. The next presentation was delivered by Mohammad Adil who emphasized the Use of Discovery learning in Teaching Content Courses, which could make content lectures easier and more fruitful for students. Discovery learning, he concluded, could promote learner autonomy and facilitate lecture comprehension. Sara Huseynova, on the other hand, spoke on the subject On Cultural Differences in Learning and Teaching & Why and How to Promote Group Work Education. She emphasized that collective culture should become better at adapting to group work and therefore learning from others should be encouraged within this culture. Harry Ernest gave the last presentation titled Teaching EFL from Psychological and Cognitive Perspectives. It was primarily based on neurolinguistics. He showed how positive emotion and a relaxed teaching environment could facilitate learning.

The forum undoubtedly was a great success.

Date: 4/16/2018

Source: Mohammad Adil Siddique

Multimedia Source: Ahmed M. Karamalla

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