English Language teachers in Africa have attended the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 4th International Conference and Exhibition in Abuja for effective ways to improve teaching skills and classroom management.
The Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Professor Bappa Aliyu Muhammadu, stated this shortly after the event.
Represented by Professor Owan Enoh, Head, Quality Assurance, the executive secretary said participants have learned better ways of English teaching that deliver outstanding results
“The conference has helped the teachers to learn and interact with international communities and countries.
“I believe we are all foreigners of English language because it has coded information. Except our teachers know how to teach English very well, there will be problems in our system because the poor standard of our education today can be traced to poor language teaching,’’ he said.
The founder, Africa TESOL, Dr Okon Effiong, said the body had trained 200 international and native teachers at the event on classroom and practitioner research.
He said, “Africa TESOL has provided a platform for teachers to present papers at its international conferences and that has build their abilities.
“We have a lot of challenges, but the opportunities are more than the challenges. As we grow, I think we will bring more benefits to the English teachers in the continent,” he said.
President, International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), Mr Harry Kuchah, called on Africans to generate ideas to efficiently address emerging challenges in the teaching of languages.