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NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEW PERSPECTIVES IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING | Event Date: Thursday, 30th, March 2017

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30/03/2017 & 31/03/2017

The Department of Languages in collaboration with ELT@I, Kancheepuram (Hindustan University) chapter hosted a two day National Conference (30th and 31st March 2017), centered on the theme New Perspectives in English Language Teaching (NPELT’17). The inaugural function commenced on 30th March 2017. Dr. Akkara Sherine, HOD, Department of Languages welcomed the delegates and participants which was followed by the Inaugural address by Dr. Illavazhagan, Director Research, Vice Chancellor i/c, Hindustan University. Day one of the conference was highlighted by the presence of two eminent personalities. It was a pleasure to have as the Guest of Honor, the admirable Prof. Paul Gunashekaran, former Dean ELT, Dean Publications, Dept. of Materials Development, Testing and Evaluation, English Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. Prof. Paul enlightened the audience with the various functions of English vocabulary. He proved that the English language has a deceptive air of simplicity and showcased various complications that lay within this foreign tongue.

The Chief Guest of the inaugural day, Mr. Eric Lund, Cultural Affairs Officer, US consulate delivered the keynote address. Mr. Eric Lund eloquently spoke about his various personal and professional travelling experiences which helped him come to the conclusion that English is a global language which has helped in binding nations and delve deep into cultures across the globe. As the American writer Walt Whitman aptly said, “The English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race and time”, Eric Lund also emphasized on the power of the English language to break boundaries and barriers of culture and race. The Conference remarks were given by Dr. Baby Joseph, Dean Research, and Hindustan University. He informed the significance of the title of the conference “New Perspectives in English Language Teaching” and was happy to note that the Dept. of Languages have initiated this conference to bring awareness regarding the recent trends in English Language Teaching and the innovative Pedagogy. The Abstract volume was released by Mr. Eric Lund, Cultural Officer, US Consulate and the first copy was received by Dr. Illavazhagan, Director Research, Hindustan University. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Ramesh Babu, HOD, Science and Humanities.

At the end of the inaugural function, there were presentations by participants from across the nation. The presentations were divided into three categories, staff, research scholars and students. The highlight of this conference was that there were five tracks, namely Language and Education, ELT in Higher Education, New challenges in ELT, Assessment and Evaluation Techniques and Technology Enhanced Language Learning. There were 20 themes encompassing the five tracks that included Skill Based Approach in ELT, Affective factors in Language Learning, Project Based Language Teaching and Learning, Online assessment, English for Employability, redefining the English syllabus and instruction, Virtual Learning environment etc.

NPELT'17 Panel discussion 2 on 31st March 2017 Julie Kalsow Special Guest Addressing during NPELT'17 conference.
Mr. Vannadasan Chief Guest addresing the audienceDhanavel sir speaking PD 2
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FIRST PANEL DISCUSSION ON DAY 1- 30TH MARCH 2017 Topic: Project Based Language Teaching and Learning Panel Experts were Dr. John Sekar, Prof. & Head, English, PG Research Dept, The American College, Madurai, Dr. Revathi Viswanathan, Head, English, B.S. Abdur Raheman University, Dr. Anita Manuel, Prof. English and Dean Student Affairs, KCG College of Technology was the moderator. The panel experts finally concluded that it is essential that project-based learning—incorporating situated practice and critical inquiry, and based on students' own cultural frameworks—will be required if students are to master the complex English literacy and communications skills required by the emerging informational economy and society. There was also a workshop by Ms. Julie Kalsow, English Language Specialist, Anna University Titled, Blended Learning ELT- Outcomes in an Indian Context . There were several activities for students and it was an interactive session.

FIRST PANEL DISCUSSION ON DAY 1- 30TH MARCH 2017 Topic: Project Based Language Teaching and Learning Panel Experts were Dr. John Sekar, Prof. & Head, English, PG Research Dept, The American College, Madurai, Dr. Revathi Viswanathan, Head, English, B.S. Abdur Raheman University, Dr. Anita Manuel, Prof. English and Dean Student Affairs, KCG College of Technology was the moderator. The panel experts finally concluded that it is essential that project-based learning—incorporating situated practice and critical inquiry, and based on students' own cultural frameworks—will be required if students are to master the complex English literacy and communications skills required by the emerging informational economy and society. There was also a workshop by Ms. Julie Kalsow, English Language Specialist, Anna University Titled, Blended Learning ELT- Outcomes in an Indian Context . There were several activities for students and it was an interactive session. Day 2- 31st March 2017 The day began with the parallel session of presentations in three venues. There was a panel discussion titled, “Language Teacher Education”. The panel experts were Dr. Shrimathy Venkatalakshmi, HOD, English, Anna University, Dr. S.P. Dhanavel, Prof. Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Uma Sivaraman, Deputy Commissioner, Kendirya Vidyalaya Sangatan and Dr. Thiruvenkataswami, HOD, English, SSN College of Engineering was the Moderator. The session was very useful and informative and there were a lot of interactions with the audience too. The outcome of the session was that Language teachers should emulate icons in their field and also continue to undergo in service training on regular basis to update their knowledge in ELT. VALEDICTORY FUNCTION Ms. Sonu Joseph, Asst. Professor, Dept of Languages, welcome the audience on behalf of the Management, staff and students of Hindustan University. She appreciated the presenters who had arrived to present from across the nation. Chief Guest, Mr. Vannadasan, Sahitya Academy Winner 2016, addressed the audience with his prowess in Tamizh kavithai, he translated his Kavithai, “Akkarai”in English. His fluency in both the languages were phenomenal. He informed that there should be no barriers in communication. Language reflects the culture and it is essential to communicate effectively.

Dr. S. P. Dhanavel, Prof, IIT was the Guest of Honour and Ms. Julie Kalsow, English Language Specialist, Anna University, was the Special Guest. More than 120 participants from across India participated in the NPELT’17 conference and they presented papers of versatile themes and ideas, all rooted in ELT. Five tracks and themes were provided for the paper presenters to work on, formulate and ground their academic innovations in the field of ELT. Prizes were distributed by the Chief Guest, Mr. Kalyanaraman (Vannadasan), Sahitya Academy Winner to the Best Paper Awardees that comprised three categories, staff, research scholars and students. There were more than 60 papers from the participants and they were checked for plagiarism four best papers were selected for awards Best Paper Award Research Scholars Category was won by Ms. Athira Minu, Research Scholar, American College, Madurai for the paper titled “ Enhancing Speaking Skills through Task Based Instruction” and Ms. Sophia Florence, Research Scholar, Hindustan University for the paper titled, “Flipped English Classes for tertiary students – Need of the hour”. Best Paper Award Students Category was won by Ms. Deleeshiea and Louis, Kristu Jayanthi College, Bengaluru, for the paper titled “Finding your own method to teach English” Best Paper Award Staff category was won by Mr. Robert Divine, Assistant Professor, Hindustan University, for the paper titled, “Language as a bridge between learner and the real word: exploring potentials of newspaper in the English classroom”. Mr. Samuel Jayakumar, Assistant Professor, Dept of Languages, proposed the Vote of Thanks He profusely thanked the guests, staff and students of various institutions for participating in the two days National Conference on New Perspectives in English Language Teaching at Hindustan University. He also mentioned about the efforts taken by Dr. Akkara Sherine, HOD, Languages and Convenor NPELT’17, for the smooth conduct of the conference. He also thanked the organizing committee and publication sponsor (Notion Press). The conference ended with the National Anthem.