CAMELTA Holds Its Ninth Annual Congress

Dorothy Forbin, dollyforbin@yahoo.com

August 16-21, 2010

Theme: Achieving Quality ELT in Difficult Circumstances: Experiences and Successes of Teachers in Practice

CAMELTA, the Cameroon English Language and Literature Teachers Association, held its 9th Annual Congress in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The venue was the Catholic University for Central Africa's Ekounou campus in Yaoundé. Three hundred delegates from the 10 regional chapters participated in the weeklong pedagogic jamboree from August 16 to 21, 2010. Experts from the United Kingdom joined local ELT experts for the unmissable event. CAMELTA had the privilege at its eighth annual conference in August 2009 to have TESOL Past President Shelley Wong as keynote speaker, Shelagh Rixon from the University of Warwick, pronounced the keynote in August 2010.

The conference opening ceremony was presided over by the minister of secondary education for Cameroon, Louis Bapes Bapes, and attended by the cultural affairs officer of the United States Embassy, Helen Emery from the University of Essex, Wendy Arnold from the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

The conference, which drew teachers of all levels, attracted publishers, administrators, and a fair slice of the ELT world in Cameroon.