The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka hosted a one-day conference at the National Academy of Educational Management (NAEM) on Saturday to commemorate 60 years of English teaching resources published by the Bureau’s English Teaching Forum magazine. US Department of State English language programs.
Established in 1962, the English Teaching Forum is a quarterly journal aimed at supporting teachers and educators of English around the world through the publication of innovative and practical teaching advice.
The conference was the first in-person English teacher conference held in Bangladesh since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
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Over 200 English language teachers and educators across Bangladesh participated in the program themed “60 Years of Impact: From the Classroom to the Community and Beyond”.
US Embassy Public Affairs Counselor Sean McIntosh, Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Md. Abu Bakr Siddique, and NAEM Director General Md. Nizamul Karim opened the conference.
The conference included interactive workshops, presentations and panel discussions on teaching strategies, designing curriculum development and using digital tools to improve the quality of classroom engagement.
American English language specialist Dr Lawrence N Berlin gave a plenary presentation on the second phase of a six-month project to help modernize a critical English course for 1,120 secondary school English teachers and upper secondary.
Launched in January 2022, Dr. Berlin began working remotely with NAEM over a three-month period to help teachers of English identify gaps in curriculum design.
Funding from the United States Agency for International Development and a partnership with the University of Chicago helped establish NAEM in 1959.
Since 2004, 1,300 Bangladeshi students have participated in the English Access Microscholarship program aimed at providing talented students with extracurricular classes and intensive sessions to improve their English skills.
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2022 marks the 50th anniversary of people-to-people ties between Bangladesh and the United States as well as the resumption of in-person English language specialist and fellow programs in Bangladesh.
In October 2022, two English Language Fellows will join BRAC University and North-South University to support improving the quality of English teaching and learning.