Eaquals Participates in DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL VIEWS IN ELT: an inclusive approach to teaching English in South Africa

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Last week, Eaquals collaborated with National Geographic Learning, University of Cape Town and EduSA to bring one of the first professional development events in English Language Teaching in over a decade to Cape Town.

Eaquals Executive Director, Lou McLaughlin represented Eaquals at the event and also had the opportunity to visit Eaquals members in Cape Town. Eaquals currently have four members based in the city – EC English Cape Town, EF International Language School Cape Town, Good Hope Studies and Oxford English Academy. You can view Lou’s photos from the meetings and the event on Eaquals instagram.

Eaquals was delighted to have participated in such a worthwhile event which highlighted the wealth of knowledge and expertise in the language teaching sector in Cape Town and the keen interest for the further development of quality standards within the industry there’.

Lou McLaughlin, Eaquals Executive Director

Over 70 teachers gave up their holiday to attend the ELT educational forum for a morning of professional development sessions in the beautiful setting of Hiddingh Hall at the University of Cape Town.

The theme for the day was DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL VIEWS IN ELT: an inclusive approach to teaching English in South Africa.  Speakers included Alex Warren (National Geographic Learning) who spoke on Developing successful English language learners for the 21st Century, and Warren Lilley (UCT EL Centre) whose talk Exploring (dis)ruptures in ELT: Navigating towards a pathway for an inclusive ELT in South Africa flowed neatly into the discussion that followed.

The lively Q and A covered topics such as ELF and its relevance alongside plurilingualism, decolonisation and relevance to ELT, critical engagement in addition to critical thinking, localisation of content and globalised markets and the changing face ELT globally relating to International English and global trends.

Michael Cummings, Sales Manager, NGL said ‘This event had a really special buzz about it that reflected the exciting, modern and vibrant ELT sector in Cape Town and across South Africa. Local participants in attendance were inspiring, knowledgeable and forward thinking demonstrating a finger on the pulse of global ELT trends. We hope this is the first of many more similar events in South Africa’

Michael Cummings, Sales Manager, NGL

For more information about the event please contact: Michael Cummings, Sales Manager, NGL – Michael.cummings@cengage.com