Being a Hornby Alumni I always try to attend the Hornby Scholars’ presentation at IATEFL because I think it is important to support people presenting for the first time and working so hard to contribute to the profession. It is also a way to keep listening to the voices of those who have a closer contact to other teachers in countries around the world than the contact I have myself at the moment.
Their presentation highlighted two major problems: language proficiency and teacher motivation. presenters singled out language knowledge as a key factor contributing to teachers’ lack of confidence, sense of frustration and fear of losing face in front of students. They also pointed out that teacher training programmes tend to ignore this fact focussing on methodology and failing to provide some language development lessons.
Another factor brought up in the presentation was teacher demotivation due to poor working conditions and low payment. Thanks Gifty for such a passionate and inspiring delivery 🙂
Some solutions were proposed and they also presented the state of English language teaching in Kerala, India, as a case study and a model to be considered.
An event that can be somehow related to their presentations was the British Council signature event on the Role of English in Developing Countries
Another thing that really made me happy at Brighton was to meet Oscar Montoya, my Hornby colleague at Marjon in 2008-09 . It is always a pleasure to me someone from the Hornby Family 🙂