Mrs Agnes Herawati, S.Pd., M.Hum., one of our lecturers, went to join the 10th Annual T.E.S.O.L. Conference in Cambodia to present her paper entitled Reflection on Teaching and Learning and Its Impacts on The Lecturers’ Teaching Ability. Here is what she has to share with us:
The 10th Annual Cam.T.E.S.O.L. Conference on E.L.T. (English Language Teaching) took place in Institut De Technology Du Cambodge, Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 22nd to 23rd of February 2014. The main theme of the 10th Cam.T.E.S.O.L. is English for Regional and International Integration. This conference is increasingly recognized as one of Asia’s leading E.L.T. Conference Series.
This year, around 1.754 people attended the conference with 647 international delegates from 30 countries with over 401 presentations successfully given. Regarding the topic, two keynote speakers shared their fruitful insight.
The first one is Yilin Sun, Ph.D, an English Language Specialist of the U.S. Department of State and Incoming President of T.E.S.O.L. International Association South Seattle C College. She presented the topic of A Quest for Excellence in Teaching for Regional and International Integration: An N.N.E.S.T.’s Perspective. This topic specifically focuses on the nine major trends in the global E.L.T. field and roles and responsibilities of English teachers in shaping the E.L.T. field.
The second keynote speaker is Prof. Barbara Seidlhofer, a Professor of English and Applied Linguistics from University of Vienna, Austria that shared a topic about Globalisation and “E”: English as A Lingua Franca (E.L.F.) and Its Implication for Teaching. Her presentation was started with a challenging question “The English we were taught, or the English we learned?” Moreover the focus of her presentation is that the English speakers do not orient to their local speech communities but are involved in de-territorialised speech events.
Overall, this is a good conference for all English teachers in which we can share ideas with other teachers from other countries and see what they are doing.