TESOL International Association and CAMELTA Host Symposium in Cameroon

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TESOL and CAMELTA host the first TESOL symposium in central Africa.
On 12 August 2013, TESOL International Association held a symposium Yaoundé, Cameroon, on elementary and secondary education teacher preparation. The first TESOL symposium in central Africa, “K–12 Teacher Development and Training” was jointly organized by TESOL and the Cameroon English Language and Literature Teachers Association (CAMELTA), and was held in conjunction with the CAMELTA 12th Annual Conference. Over 250 participants attended the conference and symposium, the latter of which was generously supported by the Charles W. Seifert Fund. 

The symposium was held at the Université Catholique d'Afrique Centrale and featured an elaborate opening ceremony with dancers, a minstrel, and a choral performance. Welcoming remarks were given by several dignitaries including HE M. Louis Bapes Bapes, minister of secondary education for Cameroon; Dorothy Forbin, president of CAMELTA; Deena Boraie, president of TESOL; and Rosa Aronson, executive director of TESOL.

For the symposium, participants had their choice of three workshops to attend. The presenters for the symposium were Richard Smith of the University of Warwick, United Kingdom; Christine Coombe, Dubai Men’s College, Dubai, UAE; and Deena Boraie, The American University in Cairo, Egypt. The workshops focused on different topics relating to K–12 teacher development including classroom language assessment, best practices in English language teaching, and teaching in difficult circumstances. Following the workshops, the speakers participated in a general panel discussion and a question-and-answer session. Each of the presenters was also a featured speaker at the CAMELTA conference in the days following the symposium.

At the conclusion of the three-day event, a closing ceremony was held that featured a spoken word performance by a local poet and presentation of teacher of the year awards for each of CAMELTA’s regional chapters. As part of their symposium registration, each of the participants received a complimentary TESOL International Association membership. In addition, they will receive copies of the papers written by the symposium speakers. Copies of these papers will also be available shortly in the TESOL Resource Center for TESOL members.

Click the links below for pictures from the K–12 Teacher Development and Training symposium in Cameroon and reflections by one of the presenters.