Club1BR was associated with a webinar organised by the English Language Teachers Association of India [ELTAI] on the issue of Enhancing English Classroom Efficacy.

The webinar was conducted for English Language Teachers in Schools. The panel comprised of Mr. A. Senthil Kumaran - Chief Confluencer of The Learners Confluence, Dr. Reddi Sekhar Reddy - Vice President of the ELTAI, and Ms. Gowri Venkatesh - Vice Principal of Delhi Public School, Nacharam, Secunderabad. Ms. Jagruti Gala, co-founder of Stones2Milestones represented us at the panel.

What does English Language Classroom Efficacy mean?

English language teachers have to face multiple challenges. Some of them are children not taking the English class seriously or treating it like a free period, teachers of math and science subjects requesting to use the english class to complete their portions and english being treated like a second class citizen even in English Medium schools where English is the language of communication in the classroom.

The Pandemic has just added another layer to their existing problems. But teachers can use this as a time to upskill themselves and learn how to use technology to their advantage. How can English teachers use technology to take English language teaching beyond just reading passages and content transfer. The panel members talked about this in great detail and shared a few tips that teachers can use to make English teaching about the language rather than the content.

The Experts:

Dr. A. Senthil Kumaran

With over three decades of experience in the educational field, Dr. Senthil has started ground breaking work in the form of The Learners Confluence, an educational service in India. The Learners Confluence is an educational program focused on developing a technology platform for teachers with the goals of enhancing peer learning as well as knowledge sharing.

Dr. Senthil was the Principal Counsellor and Head of Education Excellence Initiatives of CII Institute of Quality until July 2016. He joined CII IQ in 2002 and till recently, has been helping educational institutions accelerate their journey in excellence in India and abroad. Not just in India, Dr. Senthil has travelled and presented in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, China, Japan, Finland, United States of America and Singapore with the goal of promoting the concept of Excellence in Education.

Dr. Reddi Sekhar Reddy

Dr. Reddi Sekhar Reddy G is an Associate Professor of English, Department of Sciences and Humanities, Christ University, Bangalore and the US Embassy RELO Scholar with 25 years of experience. He is the Vice President of the English Language Teachers’ Association of India (ELTAI). He is also the founder patron of ELTAI Tirupati Chapter and the editor of ELTAI Tirupati Chapter Journal of English Language and Literature. He is a member of International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL, UK).

He is a certified trainer by NITTTR, IATEFL, ELT@I, INFOSYS, NASSCOM, & APSCHE. He has authored three books on English Grammar and Communication Skills apart from editing seven books on varied themes. He has presented about 50 papers and an equal number of papers/articles published in the books, journals, magazines and newspapers.

Ms. Gowri Venkatesh

Ms. Gowri Venkatesh is the Vice Principal at Delhi Public School Nacharam, Secunderabad. She has  more than 30 years of teaching experience and has been teaching class XII English for around 15 years. She is also the Head Examiner for CBSE board exams. She is a post graduate in English literature with B.ED in English and Social Studies and has qualified for the Advanced level of the Trinity School of London GESE exams.

Ms. Gowri has also been credited with commendation for her action research project under Global Teacher Accreditation (GTA) on Team Building using Emotional Intelligence. Her six month course in PDEM (Professional Development in Education Management) was rated an A in all aspects by the DPS society. She has also done a course on Differentiated Instruction-Best Classroom practices from the Harvard University of Education (USA). She is also a Master Trainer for teachers by the CBSE in collaboration with the British Council and the Cambridge University, UK.

Ms. Jagruti Gala

Jagruti considers herself an agent of transformation and is thrilled to constantly push the edge of consciousness, in order to create a world of greater fulfillment, compassion and joy! She takes pride in wearing several hats – educator, writer, coach and facilitator – held together by the belief that LEARNING IS LIBERATION.

Jagruti is the co-founder of Stones2Milestones - an organisation on a mission to Create a Nation of Readers. She is also Founding Managing Trustee of AURA - a non profit that works to bring high quality learning experiences to children from underserved backgrounds. Jagruti serves as a Mentor and Guide to Amrit Vidyalaya, a school bringing quality education to children in semi-rural India and is faculty for coaching at Leadership that Works. She is the author of 99 Marigold Mornings.

You can watch the entire webinar by clicking here.

Skip to 41:15 to get a gist of the session.

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