Bangladeshi TESOL Society Organizes National Symposium on Professional Development of English Teachers

The TESOL Society of Bangladesh (TSB) and the National Academy of Educational Management (NAEM), with the support of the State University of Bangladesh (SUB), recently organized a one-day national symposium on the professional development of English teachers.

The initiative titled “Pathways to Teaching English: Innovative Pedagogies and Techniques in the 21st Century” was held on Saturday, October 15 at the NAEM Auditorium in Dhaka, an official press release reads.

Prof. Dr. Md Nizamul Karim, Chief Executive Officer of NAEM, graced the event as the chief guest.

Touhida Easmin Humaira, Assistant Professor and Head of English Department, SUB, was present at the event as a special guest.

Prof. Dr. Prabir Kumar Bhattcharjee, Director, Training Wing, Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) and Dr. Tahsina Akter, Director, Training, NAEM were the guests of honor at the national symposium.

The Acting President of the TESOL Society of Bangladesh, Md Hamidul Haque, Assistant Professor and Director of the American International University of Bangladesh (AIUB), delivered the welcome speech and shared the vision of the society to the various stakeholders present at the symposium.

All 11 sessions of the symposium aimed to explore essential knowledge and pedagogy for teachers by exposing them to a range of English language teaching techniques and strategies through expert trainers from various academic institutions.

The event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Lawrence N. Berlin, Professor Emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University and English Language Specialist for the United States Embassy in Dhaka and NAEM, moderated his session on “A Participatory Approach for a Socio-Critical Age: Responsive and Innovative English Language Teaching in the 21st Century.”

The symposium also included a presentation on English programs by the British Council Dhaka.

The workshops at this symposium were led by experienced educators and teacher trainers from the Bangladesh TESOL Society and the National Academy of Educational Management (NAEM).

Some 150 English teachers from government and non-government schools, madrasas and universities across the country attended the symposium.

The one-day symposium has become a lively platform for knowledge exchange and experience sharing for participants as well as trainers. After the session, participants shared their positive thoughts about the program.

The program concluded with a vote of thanks from symposium organizer Tamanna Maqsood, Director, CEL, SUB, followed by the certificate presentation ceremony.

The program was anchored by Nushrat Ara Oishe, Lecturer, SUB and Co-Secretary, TESOL Society Bangladesh.