UNELTA has resumed monthly workshops as was the case in 2016 when we first partnered with the then English Language Fellow, Jessica Fitzpatrick. During the workshops, teachers share professional development ideas, ranging from teaching methods and techniques, personal socioeconomic growth, cultural competencies, gender-related interventions in school and community settings, collaboration and global teaching, and next generation technology resources to enhance teaching and learning.
The monthly workshops will be held at Makerere University. Kindly contact us for guidance on how to participate.
In the same spirit, UNELTA held a successful, first of its kind Teacher Trainee Conference. Targeting teacher trainees going out for school practice, the conference on April 30 and May 1, 2017, at Makerere University. Key areas for training included Teaching Reading, and Balancing S.T.T (Students’ Talk Time) with T.T.T (Teacher Talk Time), presented by Ms. Jennifer Phillips (the English Language Fellow resident at Mbarara University of Science and Technology), Assessment of and for Learning, presented by Mr. Rogers Quassim Ssemogerere; Finding and Adequately Using Resources, presented by Mr. Rodney Rugyema; and Learner-Centered Teaching, presented by Ms. Aida Birabwa. The attendance was overwhelming, we shall definitely host the same next year. UNELTA notes with gratitude that more than anticipated teacher trainees participated in the training. We commit to a similar conference yearly.
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Three UNELTA members will deliver presentations at the 2nd Africa TESOL conference hosted by the Association of Teachers of English in Rwanda in Kigali on May 12 – 13, 2017. This year’s theme is “New Horizons in Language Teaching”.
As one the Africa TESOL objectives is to help its members to pursue professionalism in language education, Africa TESOL has proposed the theme above to allow a variety of practical presentations and workshops that will expand the English language teachers’ body of practical knowledge on current teaching methods. It is our hope that this conference will be yet another intellectual and grassroots platform for scholars and practitioners to share and discuss ideas in order to take the African ELT profession to another level.
Last year, four UNELTA members delivered similar presentations at the ATER conference which had the theme “Better Professionalism, better Performance: English teachers coming together”.
The Uganda National English Language Teachers’ Association (UNELTA), with support from the United States Embassy Kampala, is implementing a 1-year project to equip teachers and learners with language skills necessary to strengthen their socioeconomic competence necessary for entrepreneurship and economic opportunity. Under this project, UNELTA is conducting a series of training sessions to guide teachers on basic concepts and guidelines to initiate and implement, with their learners, creative micro-businesses or non-profit projects in their schools or communities. On a competitive basis, three best-implemented initiatives will be selected for awards totalling to $700 at the end of the project period.
The inductive training was conducted on February 17 and 18, 2018. During this training, the teachers deliberated on the practical English language and business skills necessary for initiating and operating small-scale entities. Affirming that these skills are relevant to their own personal and professional development, as well as to improving the academic and socioeconomic competence of their learners, the teachers went back to initiate micro-projects with groups of learners in their respective schools and communities. The UNELTA project team visited these initiatives.
On June 16 and 17, UNELTA conducted the project review training to chart ways of sustaining strengths, address identified challenges and explore new possibilities. It is hoped that after the session, the teachers and students implementing micro-projects will have improved knowledge and skills to make their projects better.
During the session, June birthday “babies” cut cake(!) along with Sarah Sanderson, the English Language Fellow based at Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
At UNELTA, we cherish continuous professional development and partnerships. In 2018, there are conference opportunities which you can consider attending as a presenter or as a participant. We will continue sharing the link in this post as we receive them. Here below are some that we have learned about:
- Mwanza, Tanzania – Innovate, Integrate and Connect English Language Teaching – organised by the 1st African Lake Zone English Language Consortium (ALZELC) and hosted by the Tanzanian English Language Teachers’ Association. Click here for more details, or download the Call-for-Proposals-African-Lake-Zone-English. Important dates include:
- Proposal deadline – May 20, 2018
- Proposal acceptance notification – June 5, 2018
- Conference – July 5-7, 2018
- Contact the Organising team at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kigali, Rwanda – Showcasing Best Practices in English Language Teaching and Learning – organised by the Association of English Language Teachers in Rwanda (ATER). Click here to learn more about the conference. Important dates for this event include:
- Proposal deadline: February 20, 2018
- Acceptance Notification: March 5, 2018
- Presenter Confirmation: March 30, 2018
- Conference Dates: June 7-8, 2018
- Dakar, Senegal – Expanding Networks, Overcoming Challenges – organised by Africa TESOL. Click here to learn more about this conference.
Important dates for this event include:
- Proposal Deadline: February 05, 2018 (New Extended Deadline)
- Acceptance Notification: February 15, 2018
- Presenter Confirmation: March 15, 2018
- Pre-Conference Institute: May 4, 2018
- Conference Dates: May 5-6, 2018
Call for Expression of Interest to Participate
Uganda National English Language Teachers’ Association (UNELTA) has received support from the US Department of State to implement a 1-year project to equip young teachers (22-35 years) and learners with language skills necessary to enhance their employability, entrepreneurship and economic opportunity. The project is premised on the often limited competence of young teachers and students in accessing economic opportunities in their communities, country and on the global scale. This is partly attributed to the inadequate communicative skills, including appropriate register and technical expectations, that lower youths’ and young people’s esteem and capacity to vie for such opportunities.
UNELTA’s project dubbed Youths’ Socioeconomic Empowerment using Enhanced English Language Skills (under the broader theme: “English Language for Socioeconomic Empowerment”) will conduct a series of training sessions guiding teachers on appropriate language skills to implement, with their learners, creative entrepreneurial micro projects in their schools or communities. The project targets 50 teachers from 25 schools (2 from each school). The best 3 micro projects will be awarded at the end of the project.
The Association hereby seeks expressions of interest from suitable individuals to participate in the project. Applicants will apply in pairs with colleagues from their respective schools. The pair should be ready to collaborate throughout the project period (November 2017 – November 2018) and preferably beyond.
Each individual on the applying pair:
- Must be a practicing teacher in a Ugandan secondary school
- Must be by age 22-35 years as the project targets young teachers and students
- UNELTA members will be given priority. All participants are encouraged to register as members of UNELTA prior to, or in the course of, the project.
How to apply
Applicants should send application letters specifying their capacity to satisfactorily participate in the project, with relevant attachments related to their eligibility to email@example.com not later than Friday, December 8, 2017.
Starting November 2017, UNELTA will implement a 1-year project funded by the US Department of State to enhance socioeconomic empowerment of young teachers and students in 25 Ugandan schools. The project will focus on aspects of language that harness employability, entrepreneurship and economic opportunities.
It is anticipated that by the end of the project, over 50 teachers together with their students will have improved on their skills necessary for socioeconomic empowerment by competing and collaborating for opportunities at their exposure in their communities and beyond.
The project will take a practical approach where each of the 25 participating schools will design and implement creative micro projects using English Language for entrepreneurial purposes. At the end of the project, the best 3 micro projects will be awarded.
UNELTA will make a call for potential participants to express their interest in participating in this exciting project.
Over the past few months, UNELTA members have engaged in various Professional Development Programs, some of them delivered through webinars. These professional development programs for teachers of English include 60-90 minute recordings from previous webinars, corresponding downloadable presentations and additional resources.
The Webinar Courses are hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This professional development program for English teachers around the globe addresses methodological topics that foster interactive, student-centered language instruction.
Rather than attending individually somewhere else, UNELTA members organize themselves into small groups to attend these programs at the U.S Embassy in Kampala, so as to have better interactions among themselves.
The next webinar will stream on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 2:00 pm.
Committed to personal and professional development, UNELTA members look out for opportunities for collaboration, and for intercultural competence enhancement. In 2017, UNELTA member, Amoni Kitooke, is participating in the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) and hopes to share his experience with Ugandan teachers, as well as other UNELTA partners in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya among others.
The ILEP is a 5-month long fellowship sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX, a US-based non-profit organization. During the program, fellows are placed at universities in the United States where they study a leadership course, a technology course, audit two graduate courses, and complete an internship with a public school. The fellows are attached to host families which help to give them an authentic American experience. They also engage in various activities depicting American culture and values.
In 2017, 64 teachers from 13 different countries placed at Kent State University, James Madison University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Arizona State University. Five of these are from Ugandan. Amoni is placed at the Gerald Read Center for International and Intercultural Education, Kent State University.
We always encourage members of UNELTA to utilize all opportunities available for personal and professional development. This contributes immensely to UNELTA’s capacity to impact both on learners and on teachers in Uganda and beyond.
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