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GEN TEFL

UIA Org ID: M5074 

IATEFL Membership No. 28598 

Not breaking its momentum, GEN-TEFL to hold second seminar-workshop
By: Claudine Malis
 
                Phitsanulok, Thailand ─ Not taking a break after one of its major event in early July, the second international conference, GEN-TEFL is set to hold its second seminar-workshop on the 15th of July 2017. The event will focus on two main topics: Effective Use of Teaching Resources and Technology; and Major Schools of Psychology and their Influence in Modern Education. The speakers are seasoned English-language teachers from Thailand and Sri Lanka, Mr. Napat Jitpaisarnwattana and Ms. Vinthiya Balachandran, respectively.

          Mr. Jitpaisarnwattana is a lecturer from Department of Western Languages in the Faculty of Archaeology of Silpakorn University. He holds a master’s degree in Digital Language and Literacies from Lancaster University in the UK. He is on his way to earning his doctorate degree in Applied Linguistics from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand. He will be speaking on the topic of Effective Use of Teaching Resources and Technology.

          The second topic, Major Schools of Psychology and their Influence in Modern Education, will be handled by Ms. Balachandran, a Fullbright Scholar with a Master of Education degree in School Psychology from The College of St. Rose, New York, USA. She finished her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Currently, she works as a lecturer and course coordinator at Naresuan University Language Center (NULC).

                The registration for the said seminar-workshop is pegged at 500 baht inclusive of seminar kits, printed Certificate of Attendance and refreshments. The whole event will run from five in the afternoon until 10:30 pm, to accommodate attendees who might otherwise be unavailable if the seminar-workshop were scheduled earlier in the day. July 12, 2017


GEN-TEFL conducts 2nd international conference
by: Dr. Kathleen Solon-Villaneza and Claudine Malis


          Bangkok, Thailand ─ With the theme “Rethinking ELT in the Age of Ubiquitous Technology”, Global Educators Network Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (GEN-TEFL) successfully conducted its 2nd international conference from the 1st to the 3rd of July 2017. The conference brought together 90 participants from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Japan, Myanmar, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, UK, US, and Vietnam. The event included two plenary sessions, two workshops, two demonstrations and 39 paper presentations including one virtual presentation at four categories: methodologies, listening and speaking, reading and writing, linguistics and literature.

                This year’s conference proved to be a huge leap forward from 2016’s 1st international conference matching GEN-TEFL’s growing list of partnership with reputable institutions and organizations from all over the world. Earlier in 2017, GEN-TEFL became a member of Union of International Association (UIA), a Belgium-based research institute and documentation center that has been around since 1907. In February, GEN-TEFL also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), a higher education institution located in Cebu City, Philippines. The MOU managed to make GEN-TEFL an affiliate of USPF’s Society of Professionals for English Language and Literature (SPELL) and Synergy of English Education and Development (SEED), the first university-based Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-accredited English as a Second Language (ESL) center in Cebu.

          Under the supervision of its mother organization, International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language or IATEFL, GEN-TEFL continues to expand. Currently, it has a membership count of 35 countries. The third GEN-TEFL international conference in 2018 will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  July 11, 2017