Meet the ELTIS Training Team members. They have been mainly selected from within the Islamic education sub-sector and consist of lecturers from ELTIS’s three key partner institutions, IAIN Surabaya, IAIN Mataram and STAIN Watampone, as well as instructors from a variety of private Islamic tertiary institutions and senior teachers from within the Islamic school system.
One key uniting factor is that all team members have a firm understanding of the sector in which they work, and indeed many of them are products of the Islamic junior, secondary and tertiary education system. The ELTIS Training Team are philosophically and practically dedicated to communicative and student-centred English language teaching. They are responsible for delivering the English Language Upgrading (ELU) and Communicative English Language Teacher Training (CELTT) courses for MTs English language teachers in ELTIS’s three target provinces: East Java, NTB and South Sulawesi.
The second group of ELTIS Master Trainers completed their Cambridge ESOL ICELT and Training of Trainers course on 5 September 2008 and are now ready to join the existing team to conduct training in the three ELTIS regional centres: ELTIS Surabaya, ELTIS Mataram and ELTIS Watampone.
New ELTIS Master Trainers
From August 7 – 9, Salimah, one of ELTIS’s Master Trainers in East Java travelled to Thailand to present a paper at the 7th Asia TEFL Conference 2009. Over 700 participants attended the event, held at the Imperial Queens’ Park, Bangkok. Here’s what Salimah has to say about the experience:
ELTIS Master Trainer, Salimah, from East Java comments on her experience presenting a paper at the 7th Asia TEFL Conference in Bangkok.
I was impressed at how every thing was organized; the registration was very efficient, the presentation rooms were very well-arranged and comfortable, with a special venue for Muslims to have their lunch.
My presentation was about establishing a lesson study program at Islamic schools as a way to develop teachers’ teaching skills. Around 10 people attended and amazingly most of them had experienced initiating and conducting lesson study programs, but in different contexts. There was quite a lively discussion afterwards which continued on during the lunch time on the following day.
At the conference, I listened to presentations on many different topics related to creativity and collaboration in making English language teaching and learning successful in Asia. The most interesting session I attended was about ‘The Ecological Approach to Classroom Teaching and Learning’ by Leo Van Lier from the USA. This new approach looks at classroom dynamics from the ecological perspective, which focuses mainly on the quality of classroom interaction and on the learning opportunities that can be created.
I have a heavy but useful conference handbook to bring home in which I can find all the abstracts of the presentations.
In the afternoon, it was time to enjoy the beauty of Bangkok. Walking around the hotel for sightseeing was great after a long day conference. I could try out some traditional foods such as grilled squid with sweet and chilli sauce and sweetcorn offered by the street vendors. Various fresh and healthy fruits like Kelengkeng, Rambutan, Dragon Fruit, Guava, Bananas, and Papaya were very easy to find and available at very cheap prices. I visited Chatchutak, a Sunday market where you can find cheap souvenirs for your friends back home. There was also a sky train service (BTS, very similar to Connex in Melbourne) that took me to places of interest across Bangkok and being in this train offered a great view of the city. The taxis in Bangkok are all painted in very bright colours; pink, bright yellow and green and blue.
Thanks to ELTIS for your support – this trip was beneficial and great fun.