|The English Department of American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB), in collaboration with Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association (BELTA) and Japan-based Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) Forum, initiated a three-day international seminar titled “BELTA-AIUB-THT English Language Teaching Seminar 2009” with the theme ‘Alternative Methodologies in ELT’. This is for the first time such a large-scale international educational event is being successfully organized by the English Department.
A brief-but-colorful inaugural ceremony was held on 23 July, Thursday, at the AIUB auditorium with Prof. Nazrul Islam, Chairman of the University Grants Commission, attending as the Chief Guest.
Presided over by Dr. Carmen Z Lamagna, the Vice Chancellor of AIUB, the ceremony featured BELTA President Dr. Rubina Khan, Leader of the THT delegation Dr. Patrick Dogherty, Chairman of AIUB’s Board of Trustees Dr. Anwarul Abedin, Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Anwar Hossain, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. T Hossain, English Department’s Head Dr. Faheem Shahed and BELTA’s Secretary General Dr. Arifa Rahman who spoke on the occasion.
The main purpose of this event is to develop creativity and classroom management of English teachers. Therefore, the speakers rightly stressed the urgency of efficient teacher development programs in order to produce quality English teachers at all levels of the country so that they can, in turn, produce proficient bilingual workforce for our country. Everybody appreciated the effort of the English Department of AIUB for undertaking such a worthy initiative, keeping in line with AIUB’s long tradition of contribution in socio-educational matters.
The seminar comprises intensive workshops and roundtable sessions conducted by nine renowned foreign teacher trainers from USA, Canada, UK and other countries—which are being held at AIUB’s Campus-7 at Banani. 50 English language teachers from different schools, colleges and universities are participating in this seminar.
The Certificate-awarding ceremony will be held on 25 July, Saturday, at 5 p.m. in the Design Studio-1 (level 18), Campus-7. It will also feature a soothing cultural show by teachers and students of English Department.