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TESOL-NELTA Regional Conference and Symposium

  • Date: 20 November 2019
  • Location: Dayanand Anglo-Vedic Sushil Kedia Vishwa Bharati Higher Secondary School, Jawalakhel, Patan, Lalitpur, Nepal
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A TESOL Symposium in Lalitpur, Nepal

The TESOL-NELTA Regional Conference and Symposium 2019 is one of the key events jointly hosted by Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association and TESOL International Association to provide a unique platform for the ELT/ESL/TESOL and TEFL professionals globally. It will be held in Lalitpur, Nepal. Lalitpur Metropolitan City is the third largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu and Pokhara and it is located in the south-central part of Kathmandu Valley. Lalitpur is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts. Lalitpur is also called the city of festival and feast. The name, itself, is synonymous with fine ancient art and the making of metallic and stone carving statue.

The event will have two parts. The first part will be a one-day pre-conference TESOL Symposium where participants will reflect on the practical implications of the research on language teacher identity while being introduced to the field of Language Education for Sustainable Development. The second part will be a three-day TESOL-NELTA Regional Conference where approximately 1000 ELT professionals from diverse backgrounds will have an opportunity to hear from experts in their field. Some of the topics covered during the conference include English and Ecological Pedagogy, Sustainability Education, Citizenship Learning for Inclusion, Classroom Technology, Social Media, Education for Human Rights, and English as a Lingua Franca/World Englishes.

Please visit the NELTA website for more information.

November is the best time to visit Nepal. Don’t miss this magical opportunity!


Friday, 20 November 2019

Note: The TESOL Symposium will take place on 20 ​November 2019 and the Regional Conference will be from 21 November – 23 November 2019. 


Dayanand Anglo-Vedic Sushil Kedia Vishwa Bharati Higher Secondary School
Lalitpur, Nepal

Registration Information

Registration Information can be found here.

Presenters and Presentations

Exploring and Reflection on Teacher Identity in World Englishes Classrooms

This interactive session draws on the notion that teacher identity, involving teachers’ lives and learning histories, plays a central role in teachers’ pedagogical practices. In turn, teachers’ pedagogical practices are relational since they can’t be perceived in isolation and instead, are affected by external factors, which are contextual in nature (e.g., the students; the physical classroom; institutional requirements, etc.). Working together, presenter and participants will reflect on the practical implications of the research on language teacher identity, with special emphasis on World Englishes classrooms. In doing this, we will explore the various phases World Englishes teachers may go through as they develop a professional identity. We will then analyze case studies of World Englishes classrooms in which contextual factors interact with teachers’ identities and will develop action plans for how such factors could be addressed in the attendees’ settings.
Lia Kahmi-Stein

 Lía D. Kamhi-Stein is a professor and coordinator of the MA in the TESOL Program at California State University, Los Angeles. She is originally from Argentina, where she was an EFL learner. She is a past president of California TESOL and served on TESOL’s Board of Directors (2004-2007). She has published widely in the TESOL field. Her research interests include issues of nonnative English-speaking teachers, language teacher identity, and TESOL teacher preparation.

Language Education for Sustainable Development: A How-to Guide for Language Teachers

Many language teachers struggle with how they can contribute to their students’ environmental literacy. Language education for sustainable development (LESD) is a new field that integrates education for sustainable development (ESD) into language teaching so as to change students’ environmental beliefs, values, and norms. In this workshop, participants are introduced to the field of LESD and presented with practical and meaningful ways to integrate ESD into their classrooms.
Joshua Jodoin   Joshua Jodoin is a passionate educator and a recent PhD graduate in global environmental studies from Kyoto University. He works as an instructor at Konan University in Kobe, Japan. His research focuses on the nexus between language teaching and education for sustainable development and he has recently been published in the Encyclopedia of Sustainable Development Goals, the International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context, and Osaka JALT.

Social Responsibility in English Language Teaching: Developing Global Citizens

As English and technology provide increased opportunities to fluidly cross social, cultural, and geographic borders, English language educators have a unique opportunity to advance social equity, respect for differences, and multicultural understanding. In this interactive session, teachers will explore ways to develop learners’ awareness, communication, and problem-solving skills related to local and global issues such as human rights, the environment, and social justice.

Headshot Heidi Faust  Heidi Faust, the Director of Professional Learning & Research at TESOL International Association, is an English specialist, instructor, teacher educator, and PhD Candidate in Language, Literacy & Culture. Before joining the TESOL staff, she directed TESOL Professional Training Programs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, which provided professional development to English Teachers in over 100 countries. Heidi has chaired TESOL's Social Responsibility and Intercultural Communication Interest Sections, and is a contributing author to the TESOL Press book “Social Justice in English Language Teaching.”


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