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ELT Scn
Title : Affiliate Leadership Break Out Session
Focus on conference
SPELT’s travelling Conferences
Prof. Zakia Sarw...
ELT Scenario – Pakistan
A porous border from all sides, Arabian sea
on one side, bordered by Iran, India,
Afghanistan .
Pu...
Evolution of SPELT …
1984
1994
2004
2016
SPELT came into
existence with the
hard work of 7
dedicated
educators in a
contex...
SPELT Founder Members
L to R: Farida Faizullah, Aneesa Mumtaz, Ambrina Kazi, Talat Raza Rafi, Zakia Sarwar,
Fauzia Shamim,...
SPELT – Mission & Objectives
To provide a professional forum for its members and practitioners
to improve and facilitate e...
Our Vision
Reaching out to parents
Inspiring and Involving Social/Community Leaders
Key Focus on Young Learners, Grooming ...
Innovations …
Hybrid Journal
The journal has 2 research
articles, rest of the articles focus
on teaching techniques and
st...
SPELT : TESOL’s Affiliate since
1989
◦ TESOL Plaque given on 25th year of partnership
8
SPELT @ TESOL
◦ Active participation of SPELTers in TESOL
◦ SPELT has been a TESOL Affiliate from 1989 to date.
◦ Prof. Za...
TESOL @ SPELT
◦ SPELT & TESOL have had a long association.
◦ SPELT has done a research Professional Development Project wi...
Questions for you?
◦ Q.1 Why do TAs hold conferences?
◦ Q.2. What kind of issues do you face while organizing the conferen...
SPELT’s Solution
◦ Travelling Conference
◦ In the travelling conference, using the same conference theme, the
presenters t...
13
Conference 2007: Presenters' Travel Schedule
* Karachi Nov 2-4; *Abbottabad & Multan Nov 6-7; *Islamabad & Lahore Nov 9...
Why a travelling conference?
• In Pakistan as yet, there are no large conference
venues to hold an audience of three to fo...
Why a travelling conference?
• The majority of participants are women, and it would be
socially unacceptable/ inconvenient...
Advantages of the travelling
conferences
Maximizes input of visiting experts
from abroad
Gives the visiting experts a chan...
Why a travelling conference?
“ If teachers cant come to the conference, the
conference goes to the teachers!..... simple b...
Why a travelling conference?
“ SPELT’s traveling conference is a great
innovation. It affords the possibility for many
tea...
Why a travelling conference?
“ It was my great privilege to participate as a speaker in
the SPELT traveling conference. It...
Why a travelling conference?
“ I applaud SPELT leaders for being so creative,
innovative and responsive to the needs of th...
Why a travelling conference?
“SPELT's traveling conference is Mohamet coming
to the mountain, taking the experience to peo...
Why a travelling conference?
SPELT travelling conference allowed me to experience
the linguistic and cultural diversity of...
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  1. 1. ELT Scn Title : Affiliate Leadership Break Out Session Focus on conference SPELT’s travelling Conferences Prof. Zakia Sarwar Hon. Executive Director & Founder member SPELT Head Office, Karachi, Pakistan Website: www.spelt.org.pk, zakiasarwar.wordpress.com E-mail: sarwar.zakia@gmail.com
  2. 2. ELT Scenario – Pakistan A porous border from all sides, Arabian sea on one side, bordered by Iran, India, Afghanistan . Public Spending on education (total % of GDP) in Pakistan is just 2% Since its conception it has been struggling to provide quality public education. In early 1980’s ESL became a major need due to a high influx of Iranian, Afghan and Iraqi refugees. • Abbottabad
  3. 3. Evolution of SPELT … 1984 1994 2004 2016 SPELT came into existence with the hard work of 7 dedicated educators in a context where “ELT” was not a focus in teaching at all. In a decade the small organisation from Karachi started chapters in 7 other cities of Pakistan and started hosting International Travelling Conferences SPELT became affiliated with IATEFL & TESOL Our founder member became the English Chair for South East Asia Even today not many Universities have Applied Linguistics Departments. “English is taught as a subject not as a discipline”. Rehmat Ebrahim: Pakistan SPELT stepped in to bridge the gap and groom our teachers to teach ESL and become quality trainers through its dedicated volunteers and members. “One of its truly remarkable accomplishments is its stability over the years…SPELT has remained strong throughout its evolution, no doubt due to the longevity of service of its founder(s).” Diane Larsen Freeman: USA Keeping up with the challenges of the 21st century SPELT introduced Webinars. 25th session of ICELT being run through SPELT
  4. 4. SPELT Founder Members L to R: Farida Faizullah, Aneesa Mumtaz, Ambrina Kazi, Talat Raza Rafi, Zakia Sarwar, Fauzia Shamim, Abbas Husain
  5. 5. SPELT – Mission & Objectives To provide a professional forum for its members and practitioners to improve and facilitate effective teaching of ESL/EFL in Pakistan A forum to voice their concerns and raise the issues that they face on ongoing basis. SPELT is being recognized for working towards these goals consistently against all odds. A platform for ELT practitioners and other educators to learn and share their learning and expertise Mission & Objectives “Making language teachers aware of the nature of language and the importance of studying language objectively.” MAK Halliday: Australia Sydney University “SPELT has not been defeated by the situation on the ground; despite uncertainties and volatile conditions, it has set and met its targets.” Batul Ali: Pakistan
  6. 6. Our Vision Reaching out to parents Inspiring and Involving Social/Community Leaders Key Focus on Young Learners, Grooming Future Leaders Creative Writing and Academic Writing Summer Workshops Adding Administration Training Strand Promoting Friends of SPELT to increase Volunteer Participation Conceptualize the basis of a dedicated Fundraising Group - focused fundraising groups globally.
  7. 7. Innovations … Hybrid Journal The journal has 2 research articles, rest of the articles focus on teaching techniques and strategies. It is teacher focused. Never missed an issue since its conception in 1985 even when there was a lack of sponsorsAcademic Sessions Held across Pakistan in Karachi, Lahore, Abbottabad, Peshawar and Sukkur on the same day at the same time on the last Saturday of every month. SPELT has never once missed holding a session since its start in1984 HELPING REGIONAL TA’S GROW “In the past SPELT invited some teachers from Afghanistan which gave the idea of founding our TA, ELTAA” Zaitoon Bahram: Afghanistan, First President ELTAA TRANING TEACHERS BEYOND ELT “Going beyond ELT: Urdu Strand, Leadership Strand to include teachers of other disciplines “I feel that the Urdu teachers had a great feeling that they are not ignored.” Raza Ali Abidi: UK BBC London
  8. 8. SPELT : TESOL’s Affiliate since 1989 ◦ TESOL Plaque given on 25th year of partnership 8
  9. 9. SPELT @ TESOL ◦ Active participation of SPELTers in TESOL ◦ SPELT has been a TESOL Affiliate from 1989 to date. ◦ Prof. Zakia Sarwar has served TESOL in various Interest sections ; As Chair EFL IS: Chair Professional Development Standing Committee; member TESOL Publications Committee ◦ Dr. Fauzia Shamim, a founder SPELTER has been selected for TESOL mentorship programme 2016 9
  10. 10. TESOL @ SPELT ◦ SPELT & TESOL have had a long association. ◦ SPELT has done a research Professional Development Project with TESOL ◦ Every year TESOL sends books for the SPELT membership raffle ◦ A number of renowned speakers have presented at the SPELT conferences. The list includes: ◦ Thomas Scovel ◦ Michael Halliday ◦ Rosa Aronson ◦ Dudley Reynolds ◦ Dr. Diane Larsen Freeman ◦ Dr. Rebecca Oxford ◦ Dr.Michael Medley ◦ Dr Hema Ramanathan ◦ Sherry Blok 10
  11. 11. Questions for you? ◦ Q.1 Why do TAs hold conferences? ◦ Q.2. What kind of issues do you face while organizing the conference in your TA a. Academic b. Conference Programme Book c. Logistics for the D-Day d. Budget and planning ◦ Q.3. What kind of solutions do you come up with? ◦ Q.4. Any hard nuts to crack? ◦ 11
  12. 12. SPELT’s Solution ◦ Travelling Conference ◦ In the travelling conference, using the same conference theme, the presenters travel from one city to another, giving the same presentations, instead of participants gathering for the conference in one place unlike TESOL & IATEFL 12
  13. 13. 13 Conference 2007: Presenters' Travel Schedule * Karachi Nov 2-4; *Abbottabad & Multan Nov 6-7; *Islamabad & Lahore Nov 9-11, 2007 S. No Name Abbotabad Islamabad Lahore Multan 1 Sandie Mourao Portugal x ▪ Plenary ▪ Workshop 10 Nov ▪ Keynote ▪Fly From Lahore to Islamabad 9th Evening ▪Plenary ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion 6-7 Nov. 2007 2 Brian Shields UK ▪Plenary ▪ Workshop ▪Panel Discussion? 11 Nov 2007 ▪Plenary ▪Workshop 10 Nov 2007 ▪Plenary ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion? 6-7 Nov 2007 3 Adrian Tennant UK ▪ Plenary ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion 10 Nov 2007 ▪ Keynote ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion 4 Ahmar Mahboob ▪ Plenary ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion 10 Nov 2008 5 Jane Hoelker UAE ▪ Plenary ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion ▪Keynote 9th Nov 2007 6 Marc Helgeson Japan ▪ Plenary ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion 6-7 Nov 2007 ▪Plenary ▪Workshop 10th Nov 2007 ▪Plenary ▪Workshop 11 Nov 2007 7 Margret Early Canada ▪Keynote ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion 6-7 Nov 2007 ▪Keynote ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion 10 Nov 2007 ▪Keynote ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion 11 Nov 2007 8 Richard Smith UK ▪Plenary ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion? 11 Nov 2007 ▪Plenary ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion? 10 Nov 2007 9 Richard Boyum India ▪Plenary ▪Workshop 11th Nov 2007 ▪Plenary ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion 10th Nov 2007 ▪Plenary ▪Workshop ▪Panel Discussion? 6-7 Nov 2007 10 Nurcon Cose Turkey x ▪ Paper ▪ Panel discussion? On learner autonomy Logistic Solutions: Presenters’ Conference Schedule
  14. 14. Why a travelling conference? • In Pakistan as yet, there are no large conference venues to hold an audience of three to four thousand, with facilities for breakout sessions for 70 or so workshops, papers, demonstrations and panels discussion etc. •It is financially challenging for teachers to travel from one place to another, and bear the hotel expenses etc. to attend a conference. 14
  15. 15. Why a travelling conference? • The majority of participants are women, and it would be socially unacceptable/ inconvenient for them to travel to other parts of country alone or spend a night in a hotel without family. •Two SPELT chapters Lahore and Islamabad - about 4 hours bus travel away from each other- -- both wanted the conference on a weekend, so there are two simultaneous conferences. It is like a relay race between team A and Team B. Team A crosses over after the first day of presenting in one city to the other, and vice versa. 15
  16. 16. Advantages of the travelling conferences Maximizes input of visiting experts from abroad Gives the visiting experts a chance to meet teachers from all over the country They also get a chance to travel across the country, and appreciate different cultural differences from the tip of the Arabian sea to the foothills of Himalayas
  17. 17. Why a travelling conference? “ If teachers cant come to the conference, the conference goes to the teachers!..... simple but brilliant!! Plenary and featured speakers travel to give the same presentations to at least three different cities. Dates and presentations are juggled to maximize the input of visiting experts.” Arifa Rehman BELTA President
  18. 18. Why a travelling conference? “ SPELT’s traveling conference is a great innovation. It affords the possibility for many teachers to participate in the conference who would not otherwise be able to. It also gives us speakers the opportunity to travel around the country and to visit three different special cities.” Diane Larsen Freeman
  19. 19. Why a travelling conference? “ It was my great privilege to participate as a speaker in the SPELT traveling conference. It seemed like a great way to knit together the country of Pakistan. Instead of Pakistan's being fragmented into cities and towns where English teachers did not have a chance to communicate with and learn from each other, SPELT brought the conference to three major cities so that more people could attend and interact. As a person visiting from the United States, I valued this amazing conference as a way of getting to know more English teachers in Pakistan and finding out more about different parts of the country. I also found that SPELT was brilliantly organized.” Dr Rebecca Oxford
  20. 20. Why a travelling conference? “ I applaud SPELT leaders for being so creative, innovative and responsive to the needs of their members. The traveling conference is a brilliant concept that allows English teachers to enhance their skills, and to network, regardless of their location.” Rosa Aronson: Former President TESOL
  21. 21. Why a travelling conference? “SPELT's traveling conference is Mohamet coming to the mountain, taking the experience to people who cannot come to it themselves. Because of that experience, I was ready for a similar 'professional development tour' with SLELTA in Sri Lanka and hope to be part of a similar program in the more difficult to reach areas of India. Thank you, SPELT, for pioneering this and building such a great model.” Dr Hema Ramanathan
  22. 22. Why a travelling conference? SPELT travelling conference allowed me to experience the linguistic and cultural diversity of Pakistan. Each audience provided different insights and perspectives on my practice which has encouraged self-reflection and growth as an ELT practitioner. Impromptu invitations to speak and visit educational institutions prompted opportunities to share my area of expertise with content teachers in need of support in teacher training and development. It was a personally and professionally enriching experience which has impacted my classroom teaching and has led to exciting new directions for partnerships and research. Sherry Blok :TESOL Teacher of the Year 2015
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