During the conference, we asked a few of the first time conference attendees about their experience and what will they be taking to the classroom from the conference. Here are their views.
Sudip Neupane, M.Ed (ELT) KUSoEd
My reason for attending the conference: I attended it to learn new things about language and learn the recent techniques, methods and strategies in ELT.
The session I liked: I liked the Key Speech delivered by Prof. Stoynoff and Keith Morrow as they both shed some light on alternative assessment as a way to promote connection with teaching/learning and assessment. It was quite relevant.
My reflection: As it was the first NELTA conference I attend, I learnt many things about English language teachings.
What I will be taking from conference to classroom: the notion on how learners need to be aware and motivated to learn.
Raju Shrestha, M.Ed (ELT) KUSoEd
My reason for attending the conference: I attended the conference so that it would help me gain confidence, gain exposure in English and to get involved in interaction.
The session I liked: The concurrent sessions on various issues were more effective for me.
My reflection: As it was the first NELTA conference I had attended, It was a great opportunity for me to get exposure in English as there were native speakers. It helped me realize that everyone has capability within them but it has to be recognized and activated through exposure, participation, motivation and interaction.
What I will be taking from conference to classroom: There are many things that I have learnt in this conference which can be applicable in my classroom. After attending the conference I have started to focus on making my classroom more interactive.
Saroj Kumar Mandal, M.Ed (ELT) KUSoEd
My reason for attending the conference: To acquire ideas on assessment and other teaching learning activities.
The session I liked: Plenary by Prof. Z.N. Patil and the Pecha Kucha Show.
My reflection: I acquired new ideas on various teaching learning activities as well as assessment. I came to realise the existence of various types of assessment systems and their effectiveness. I even sharpened my communicative skills by interacting with the participants and presenters both from home and abroad. It was useful in the sense that the methods, techniques and ideas from key speech and presentations can be easily implemented in our classroom.
What I will be taking from conference to classroom: I will not limit my student assessments on written performance only, as had been done traditionally. Rather, I would assess student performance based on other skills they demonstrate as well, e.g. listening, speaking, and reading.
M.Ed. ELT, Second Semester