Conference on Teaching Methodologies from May 14

Aligarh: The Department of English at Aligarh Muslim University is organising a 3-day International Conference on “Appropriate Teaching Methodologies in Interdisciplinary Contexts: Mapping Sociolinguistic Diversity”, from May 14 to 16.

The conference, sponsored by ICSSR of New Delhi will draw participants from India and abroad, belonging to different disciplines.

In the present era of globalization, changing economy, technological changes, cross-cultural interaction and developments in Sociolinguistics have made a great impact on teaching methodology in the classroom, relevant for both teaching content and language in interdisciplinary contexts.

The conference aims to develop critical thinking skills, unravel cultural-language and content interface, and provide recommendations for policymakers, textbook writers, material designers, administrators, and educators to incorporate necessary methodological changes to bridge learning gaps in diverse ESL settings and content-based teaching in interdisciplinary contexts.

Prof Suresh Canagarajah, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor, Pennsylvania State University will deliver the keynote address. Prof Imtiaz Hasnain, Chair-Professor, MANUU, Prof Shobha Satyanath, University of Delhi, Prof Chris Anson, North California State University, Prof ME Veda Sharan, EFLU, and Prof Avinash Kumar Singh, NIEPA of New Delhi will deliver plenary talks.

Prof Dhananjay Singh, Member Secretary, ICSSR of New Delhi, as the guest of honour and Tausifur Rahman, Director, Stepping Cloud Consulting Pvt. Ltd. will be sharing their views on the need to adopt appropriate teaching methodologies for better classroom teaching.

Prof Mohammad Asim Siddiqui, Chairperson, Department of English and Organising Secretary said “blending Sociolinguistics with other fields like Anthropology, Psychology, and Education etc. to provide a comprehensive understanding of Language use in diverse social contexts, is a great way to study in interdisciplinary contexts”.

Emphasizing the importance of appropriate teaching methodologies in the face of interdisciplinary and diverse local contexts, Conference Convenor, Prof Raashid Nehal from the Department of English stated that the needs of learners from diverse sociolinguistic backgrounds can’t be ignored.

Meanwhile, a pre-conference meeting with the research scholars of the Department of English was convened by Prof Mohammad Asim Siddiqui, Chairperson of the Department.

Prof Raashid Nehal briefed the students about the conference and encouraged them to proactively participate in the different sessions of the conference.

Prof Jawed S Ahmed, Dr Md Sajidul Islam and Dr Kishwar Zafir were also present at the meeting.

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