‘Education South Africa (EduSA) English language schools join forces to offer a day of teacher training’
The rapidly-growing TEFL industry (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) will be running their first Training Day, which is a culmination of extensive research, planning and industry support, as a precursor to the English for Foreigners Language (EFL) Teachers’ Conference being planned for 2012. This day serves to bring together English teachers from EduSA member schools to meet each other, network and attend training sessions by some of the best EFL minds in the country. The electives being offered are the result of extensive research wherein the teachers all selected the sessions they wanted, based on their development needs.
By the time registration closed, we had approximately 80 EFL teachers signed up for the day. All in all, about 100 delegates are expected to attend. This includes the teachers who have registered, publishers, guest speakers and the Directors of Studies and members of EduSA who are responsible for organising the event.
EduSA (the national association of quality English language centres) is a member of SAYTC (the South African Youth Travel Confederation), and the day is part of an initiative to involve the publishers more in the TEFL industry in this country, and to make them aware of the fact that this industry is fast becoming one of the largest contributors of the Youth/Travel sector.
Various publishers were approached to be a part of this day of input and training, and there was involvement and interest from many fronts. The biggest contributions came from Pearson Education, both from their UK office and from their SA office. Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press were also sponsors involved in supporting the event, and it is due to the generosity from these publishers that all delegates who have been invited to this Training Day will come away with goodie bags full of books, materials, resources, dictionaries and stationery, to aid them in their future teaching.
There will be competitions and prizes to be won, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Teachers will, through this experience, gain a greater awareness of the role they play in the EFL industry and in the marketing of our beautiful learning/travel destination, as well as some new skills to carry into their future classrooms.