IUGB Faculty Help Bring Côte d’Ivoire’s English Language Teaching Exchange Conference Alive

On June 4 and 5, 2018, IPNEPT (Institut Pedagogique National de l’Engseignement Technique) hosted a national English teachers conference, cosponsored by IUGB and the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan. Several IUGB faculty, both full time and part time, contributed to the success of the conference, which was attended by about 200 teachers from around Côte d’Ivoire. Mr. Abain Adi, part time UPP instructor, was one of the main organizers, along with Ms. Riah Warner, U.S. State Department English Language Fellow. UPP faculty made several presentations, including:

Keino Campbell, The Benefits of Introducing Afro-Futurism into the EFL Classroom;

Mohamed Lekrama, Connecting Teaching to Learning: What is it?

Lorie Mattox, Teach Like a Coach;

Julie Reimer, Context is Everything: Grammar Practice Activities to Create Deeper Understanding;

Jerry Royka and Mrs. Judith Gray Royka, Voicing Techniques in EFL Environments.

IUGB’s part time faculty also took an active part. Dr. Zaddy Firmin Gnahore gave the plenary session on day 2: Materials Design: Creating and Using Graded Readers in Cote d’Ivoire. Other presentations were made by Dr. Kouadio Appia (The Use of Translation within Communicative Language Teaching in an EFL Context) and Mr. Koffi Kouadio (The Oral Interview in the Ivorian National Organizations).

Several other full time and part time faculty members from UPP and BSS attended the conference. An academic Advisor, Mr. John Mayuma, and two students, Ms. Aicha Fofana and Ms. Olivia Ouassa N’Guessan, shared information about IUGB with participants at the IUGB publicity booth.

The conference created a great opportunity for English teachers from around Côte d’Ivoire to network and share ideas. The organizers hope it will be the first of many such conferences. You can find more information and photos on the CI-ELT website and Facebook page: https://sites.google.com/site/cieltexchange/home and https://www.facebook.com/cieltexchange/.


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