Innovation in English Language Teacher Education
The British Council and English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U) Hyderabad hosted the fourth International English Language Teacher Educator Conference in Hyderabad from 21 - 23 February 2014 with support from the English Language Teachers’ Association of India (ELTAI) and the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL). The main theme of this year's conference was Innovation in English Language Teacher Education. The conference took place at Novotel - Hyderabad International Convention Centre, the award winning, first purpose-built, state of the art conference centre in India.
This theme was stressed upon by Rob Lynes, Minister of Cultural Affairs, British Council India, who said, ‘innovation is not simply advanced technology…it’s about people, teachers, administrators and academics.’ In his address to over a 1,000 delegates from all over the world, he expressed his view that everyone has a responsibility to put aside fears and encourage new ways of teaching. He reiterated that ‘innovations are not bright ideas alone but the nitty-gritty of practice, feedback and taking risks, which also means being prepared to fail.’ Rob’s keywords to the audience were 'share and collaborate'.
Rob’s address kicked off three days of plenaries, discussions, debates and workshops designed to help teachers and educators integrate innovation into their classrooms, and use further their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).