English Teachers Alumni Conference Concludes – Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The Acting Public Affairs Officer of the US Embassy in Islamabad, Aaron Tarver, concluded the 3-day open alumni conference 2022 with more than 500 English-speaking professionals from across Pakistan, according to a Press release.
The conference theme, “Fostering Intercultural Competence (ICC) in the EFL Classroom”, promoted ICC as an essential aspect of teaching and learning English. It was offered in hybrid mode with 60 alumni participating in person in Islamabad and others joining virtually.
The conference featured 25 interactive sessions, led by US English language specialist Dr. Lynn Zimmerman and Pakistani English language teaching experts, allowing attendees to learn different tools and techniques to inculcate cross-cultural knowledge, attitudes, skills and awareness in English language teaching. the context.
Addressing the conference attendees, Tarver recognized the incredible work of the Pakistani English teaching community and acknowledged their enthusiasm, drive and perseverance towards their own professional growth, which has motivated the United States to provide $24 million to fund English-language programs.
“This event is another opportunity for the United States and Pakistan to celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations, but more importantly to celebrate 75 years of friendship,” Tarver told OPEN Alumni.
“We collaborate closely on many valuable projects across the spectrum – supporting Pakistan’s goals of being a more prosperous and healthier nation through trade and investment, support for entrepreneurship and longstanding support in public health, including providing over 60 million doses of COVID vaccine, and of course, education. You and your students are the next exciting chapter in this relationship,” he said.
The OPEN (Online Professional English Network) program provides virtual learning opportunities for teachers, professionals and learners of English as a foreign language around the world.
OPEN promotes mutual cultural exchange and provides free access to teaching and learning materials that can be reused, adapted and shared with others. OPEN professional development opportunities are developed by American academic institutions and experts in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
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