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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.
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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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.
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”.
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.
UNELTA is dedicated to expanding strides by continuously participating in networks of Teachers’ Associations in the East African region, the African Continent and the world at large.
This week of 15th – 19th August, 2016, the Association, together with other associations from 17 countries, is participating in the Regional Hornby School: Building sustainable networks among ELT Associations in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is a follow up on last year’s workshop on Capacity Building as the British Council seeks to enhance the capacity of Teachers’ Associations in Africa with the view of improving teaching (in) English.
In organizing this workshop, the British Council has partnered with like-minded entities including TheAmerican Embassy, IATEFL, UNESCO, and TESOL. The Ministries of Education in Ethiopia and South Africa have also sent participants in this highly promising workshop.
With such engagements, it is highly expected that UNELTA will continue to grow as it shares knowledge, experiences and expertise with wider networks.
As UNELTA represents Uganda, other participating African countries include: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Zambia, Senegal, Namibia, Nigeria, Angola and Djibouti.