Webinar: MaWSIG meets SPELT & NELTA: Materials promoting Learner Autonomy in Large Classes with Limited Resources
Friday 26th November 2021, 13:00 UTC (check the time in your location)
Presented by Prof. Zakia Sarwar & Dr. Ganga Ram Gautam
In this webinar, teachers from two organizations, Society Of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT) and Nepal English Language Teachers Association (NELTA), will share their successfully used materials and activities in large classes with limited resources. These materials acknowledge the fact that in most developing countries, digital learning facilities are either scarce or erratic. The materials are designed to encourage autonomy and self-esteem in learners as well as relating these fun learning materials and activities to their own educational contexts. This results in nurturing a positive “can do” attitude in learners, as they are exposed to meaningful language learning activities, even without a multitude of resources.
Online networking: MaWSIG December festive get-together
Thursday 16th December 2021, 18:00-20:00 UTC (check the time in your location)
Our annual get-together will take place online, and is a great chance to network with members of MaWSIG. More details coming soon.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Pre-Conference Event: Exploring dichotomies, bridging gaps and joining the dots
Monday 16 May 2022, IATEFL Belfast
Following on from 2021’s successful PCE, and maintaining its practical approach, the MaWSIG PCE will explore the various stages that materials travel through on their way to the classroom. Does the route involve bridgeable gaps, or dots we can work to join up more effectively? We’ll be discussing some of the key questions and dichotomies that can crop up along the way. For example:
- What shapes ELT materials more: market demand, pedagogical theory, or research?
- What are the obstacles to making materials inclusive?
- What are the constraints that affect the journey of materials from the initial concept to final product?
- Is it possible to self-publish successfully without the marketing forces of a publishing company behind you?
- Writing materials for our own classroom: how do teachers ensure quality and fit?
Our PCE will include both stimulating talks and time for discussion, as well as plenty of opportunities for reflection and networking.
You can submit a proposal for the PCE using this form. Proposal deadline: midnight, 15 November 2021, UK time.