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  • Dr. Kapil Kapoor

    Former Professor of English, Centre for Linguistics and English, and Concurrent Professor, Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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  • Janet K. Orr

    Director TEAL SERVICES

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  • George Pickering

    Academic Director, The English UK Diploma in Language Teaching Management and an inspector of language schools for the British Council in the UK (Accreditation UK).

    PLENARY : The globalised world of today offers a new set of opportunities and challengers to teachers and other ELT professionals.

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  • Hayo Reinders

    Director of the doctoral program in TESOL , Anaheim University in the United States

    PLENARY : LEARN ENGLISH OR DIE!
    The role of computer games in fostering autonomy

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  • Angela Ffrench

    Assistant Director, Cambridge English Language Assessment

    Angela Ffrench is an education professional with 40 years of experience, first as a teacher in the public and private sectors, and since 1991 with Cambridge English Language Assessment.

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  • Christopher Brandwood

    Director,English for India and South Asia British Council.

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Dr. Kapil Kapoor, former Professor of English, Centre for Linguistics and English, and Concurrent Professor, Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

He was Dean of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU, from 1996-1999 and Rector (Pro-Vice-Chancellor) of the University from 1999-2002. He retired from JNU in 2005. He was honored in 2003 by MHRD, India, for his contribution to Sanskrit and in

2010 by Shiksha Sanskriti Utthana Nyasa for his contribution to Indian education. On October 2, 2011 he was honored at Los Angeles by the Uberoi Foundation California USA for his contribution to Linguistics and Indic Civilization Studies. He has been honoured in 2012 as a distinguished scholar by Kunwar Narendra Pratap Singh Kalyankari Trust Gorakhpur.

He is at present Adviser and Visiting Professor in BPS Women's University

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Janet K. Orr , Director TEAL SERVICES. Elected member to the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Board of Directors (2010-13). Janet is active as a youth specialist, basic education consultant, program evaluator, teacher trainer, assessment specialist and curriculum developer. She is experienced at providing services both in the United States and in the developing countries of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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George Pickering. Academic Director, The English UK Diploma in Language Teaching Management and an inspector of language schools for the British Council in the UK (Accreditation UK).

PLENARY : The globalised world of today offers a new set of opportunities and challengers to teachers and other ELT professionals. The talk will seek to identify some of the major kinds of developments that are impacting on the way we view and carry out our work including:

Reference will be made to the current use of English in India and possible future uses.

This talk will also explore ways in which we can approach these challenges positively and use them to our advantage.

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Hayo Reinders ,Director of the doctoral program in TESOL , Anaheim University in the United States HAYO REINDERS ( www.innovationin teaching.org)

PLENARY : LEARN ENGLISH OR DIE!

The role of computer games in fostering autonomy

Hayo Reinders

In this presentation I will show that language learning takes place mainly outside the classroom and that our role as teachers is primarily one of preparing and supporting our learners in their informal learning. One way to do this is to develop classroom tasks and interaction that are built on learners' activities outside the classroom. One form of entertainment popular with many learners is playing computer games. Their potential for education is only slowly starting to be recognized. I will demonstrate a number of games and identify their educational purposes as well as practical ways of using them in both the language classroom and to support learning outside the classroom. I will show that games can offer a powerful way of encouraging learner autonomy.

The speaker. Hayo Reinders (www.innovationinteaching.org) is Director of the doctoral program in TESOL at Anaheim University in the United States and Visiting Professor at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, a leading peer-reviewed journal.. His most recent books are on teacher autonomy, teaching methodologies, and second language acquisition and he edits a book series on 'New Language Learning and Teaching Environments' for Palgrave Macmillan.

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Angela Ffrench, Assistant Director, Cambridge English Language Assessment

Angela Ffrench is an education professional with 40 years of experience, first as a teacher in the public and private sectors, and since 1991 with Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Her special interest in the testing of Speaking led to her being invited to contribute to the development of a set of exemplar performances illustrating the 6 levels of the CEFR for languages for the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP) and in the production of a similar set of exemplar performance for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). More recently, Mrs ffrench was engaged in the development of computer based assessments of Speaking. Having a keen interest in technology, Mrs ffrench was appointed as Business Process Owner and consultant for SAP implementation within Cambridge English's parent body Cambridge Assessment's overhaul of its processing systems.

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Christopher Brandwood

is the British Council's Director English for India and South Asia. Chrishas worked in English and Examinations with the British Council since 1986. Chris is a graduateof University College London and has teaching and management qualifications from LeicesterUniversity and Henley Management College. During his teaching and management careerChris has worked in the UK, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Bulgaria; and he has been based in Delhisince August 2010.Chris is responsible for the British Council's wide range of programmes forteachers and learners of English in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal andAfghanistan; including the British Council's own teaching centres, major teacher developmentpartnership programmes with governments and NGOs, and projects to increase access toEnglish for learners and teachers through new technologies.

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