Creative Ways of Improving Language Skills

Overview

Though language teachers in the Indian context never abandoned the use of literature in the classroom, the communicative approach to language teaching focused on structure, which did not provide learners with sufficient content for them to learn how to use the language.

One solution to this issue is content-related language teaching. Literature better serves the interest of language than other content because it provides the sociocultural context of the language used in a given speech community. It lends itself to a discussion of topical issues with a humanistic dimension.

This workshop aims at using different genres of literature as a means of enhancing the language skills. You will use creative texts that add both rich content and language use in the teaching of English. 

Workshop Outcomes

You will
  • develop a variety of discourse 
  • be able to use language within a context
  • become aware of language style and register 
  • improve your overall ability to use language

About the Workshop Leader

Rajni Badlani is a well known practicing English language professional with more than 30 years of teaching, training, and examining experience. Currently she is working as the chief advisor for English language assessment for Cambridge University Press India. She has also worked with the British Council, Delhi, and the American Centre, Delhi, where she was responsible for managing projects on English language curriculum renewal and teacher development.

She has presented papers at national and international seminars and has considerable experience in both the teaching of English and teacher training. She has also conducted workshops on various aspects of English language teaching in India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, and she served as the chair for the TESOL Global Professional Issues Committee (2011-2012).

She completed her masters and doctoral research on English language teaching at the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, India. She also has a master of arts in applied linguistics from the University of Essex, England.