English Language Teacher Education in a Diverse Environment

British Council, in full partnership with English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U) Hyderabad with support from ELTAI (the English Language Teachers’ Association of India) and IATEFL (the International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) came together again to host the 3rd International English Language Teacher Educator Conference (TEC13) in Hyderabad from 16 – 18 March 2013.

TEC13 had in excess of 1300 delegates from 22 countries including Bangladesh, Europe, Greece, Middle East, South Asia, Africa and the UK. There were 122 speakers from across the world who came together to provide 135 presentations, informal “coffee shop” sessions and optimized the networking opportunities galore. The theme of the conference, English Language Teacher Education in a Diverse Environment, chimed particularly well at a time when widening access and extending quality language education to all are priorities of several education policy making bodies in the developing as well as developed economies. The TEC series of conferences is also the only teacher educator conference that has a specific focus on the inclusion of state-employed teacher educators.

TEC 13 attracted sponsorship from Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Trinity College London, Pearson, bksb, Young India Films and Clarity English.

A fantastic event with a real buzz - and impeccably organised

With the event being webcast live supported by Facebook and live Twitter feed, online participation was high and included a number of pre arranged audiences across the South Asia region.

Rob Lynes, Country Director, British Council India, observed, “Without exception, the people I spoke to told me how good they thought the conference was, how well organised it was and how valuable they found it." For many delegates it was their first experience of such a conference and they will go home with new ideas, new friends and a better of understanding of the opportunities, resources and networks available to them. Sarah Kemp, CEO of Trinity described it as the best ELT conference in world and Keith Morrow said it was "a fantastic event with a real buzz - and impeccably organised.”

The key note address from Prof B. Kumaravadivelu of San Jose University and plenary talks by Penny Ur, Adrian Holliday and Ajit Mohanty, to name a few, kept the energy levels high and fuelled conversations that were taking place across the venue.

TEC 13’s theme of diversity made us think even harder on inclusivity, and we supported a number of delegates with special needs, including the provision of meal labels that took account of special dietary considerations and ensuring a representative mix of speakers. We also took account of the British Council green initiatives by discouraging paper handouts, encouraging electronic data sharing and replacing the individual car services with a shuttle service that proved to be a welcome initiative. At the end of the conference a large number of delegates handed in their lanyards for recycling.

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