Two-Day National Faculty Development Program on Digital Tools and Technology in English Language Teaching in association with English Language Teacher's Association of India (ELT), concluded at the Bhopal School of Social Sciences (BSSS) on Tuesday.
The training was organised in two different batches. The workshop witnessed an enthusiastic participation of 120 participants from various parts of the country including Jaipur, Rajasthan, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Nagpur, Maharashtra, Goa and many more places of Madhya Pradesh like Indore, Narsinghpur, Ujjain, Hoshangabad, Bankhedi, Vidisha, Jabalpur etc.
The workshop was based on a pertinent theme of using digital methods of teaching technology. Unprecedented development of technology has certainly influenced English Language education. The conventional methods of teaching are gradually losing changing scenario.
The web 2.0 has revolutionized pedagogy roles of learners, teachers, parents and policy makers, teaching tools, learning materials, teaching and learning strategies etc. This dramatic change has thus, disrupted conventional system of teaching and learning English. However, English language teachers are not yet fully prepared to meet the challenges in preparing the Generation Z learners for their future careers, that have not yet been created.
Generation Z born between 1995-2012, is growing up in a world which is entirely different from what their parents and teachers grew up in.
They are constantly on smart devices. They text instead of calling, they tweet, they instagram, they whatsapp, and even they design their own apps. On the contrary, their teachers lecture, use only blackboards and expect learners to write elaborately in exams. Therefore this Faculty Development Workshop Programme attempts to bridge this wide gap by familiarizing the participating teachers with web tools.
The participants feedback said that the technical sessions were very fruitful and they got an opportunity to venture into the glorious world of digital tools that will definitely bridge the gap between the trainer and the trainee and teacher and the student.
The resource person of the workshop, Dr. M.S. Xavier Prahdeep Singh from St. Joseph's College, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, in his meticulously devised sessions, imparted training in the usage of web tools to the participants in a highly effective manner, facilitating practical exposure to computer technology.
The Principal BSSS, Dr. Fr. John P.J. welcomed the participants and encouraged them to extract maximum benefits out of such training workshops and implement the same in their day-to-day work process. He also congratulated the organizing team for the successful feat.