IUGB Hosts Second Annual National English Teachers Conference
On May 6 and 7, 2019, IUGB hosted the second annual conference for English Teachers in Cote d’Ivoire. CINELTA, the national association of English teachers, organized the conference with the theme “Taking Ivorian ELT into the 21st Century.” The conference was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and IUGB.
Mrs. Sameh MARZOUKI, a Tunisian senior teacher who has delivered presentations and workshops all over the world, including the TESOL International Convention in Atlanta 2019, gave the first plenary talk. She spoke about Humanizing Teaching: Teaching as Exchange Agents. Her talk was accompanied by numerous photos of her students in Tunisia taking part in drama activities to draw attention to human rights issues.
Ms. Riah WERNER, an English Language Fellow from the U.S. State Department and instructor at IPNETP in Abidjan, gave the second plenary address, on the topic Translanguaging Strategies for African Classrooms. Since Ivorian students are often multilingual, they can use the languages they already know, including local languages, to help them master English.
Participants had a choice of 38 total sessions during the two-day conference. IUGB was well represented; 12 workshops were presented by faculty affiliated with IUGB. The University Preparatory Program, Business and Social Sciences, and the Center for Continuing Education were all represented.
In all, more than 165 participants took part in the conference, including English teachers from around Cote d’Ivoire, English Language Fellows from Niger and Burkina Faso, and U.S. Embassy personnel.