The Africa Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), an international organisation, says it has trained 200 international and indigenous teachers in Abuja on classroom and practitioners research.
He said that TESOL, which is based in Qatar, also organises relevant workshops to empower teachers at all levels, adding that it had consistently given Nigerian teachers the opportunity to present papers at both international and local levels.
“It is difficult for many teachers to travel outside the country for paper presentation; so, TESOL has provided a platform for them to present papers at its international conferences and this has been helped their development.
“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.
“We offer workshop and research orientatiions for people to share their research findings and also learn new teaching approaches.
“The opportunity is for teachers to come and grow professionally; we collaborate with the British Council and U.S. department to sponsor people in our conferences,” Effiong explained.
Mr Harry Kuchah, the President, International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATETL), in his remark, described the conference as “very beneficial”.
He said that TESOL was a Pan-Africa organisation of English language teachers which has organised a lot of training and workshops to boost teaching profession in the continent.
“The workshop helps the teachers to investigate what is happening in their classroom and to develop indigenous paradigm practices that are appropriate for the Africa context.
“In Africa, for a long time, we imported ideas about best practices that are not in tune with the Africa context.
“We continue importing these ideas that are not ours; we keep on complaining that our system is falling because we import ideas that are not relevant to our situation. We cannot continue like this,” he said..
He challenged Africa to generate its ideas so as to effectively navigate emerging trends in the teaching of languages.
“As president of one of the largest international associations, I’m aware of what is happening across the globe in the field of English language teacihng.
“As an African working with people from different parts of the world, I think it is a great opportunity for Nigerian teachers to benefit from the expertise from around the globe,” he added.
Prof. Owan Enoh, Head, Quality Assurance, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), said that the TESOL conference was a welcome development because of its positive effect on the African teacher.
“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,’’ Enoh said.
Edited by Celine-Damilola Oyewole and Ephraims Sheyin