From 28th of June to 2nd of July Westminster International University in Tashkent hosted the fifth annual summer programme for English teachers – Regional English Language Training to Adults (RELTA). This year's programme, attended by 26 participants from 11 regions of Uzbekistan, was designed based upon the needs of English teachers at various academic lyceums and colleges of Uzbekistan.
The team of WIUT trainers headed by the BEAP lecturer Rozaliya Ziryanova made focus on such issues of teaching and learning as reading techniques and clubs; teaching grammar in communicative way; approaches to listening; test methods; and ways of motivating students. As a final product of the programme participants had to submit group micro-teaching session followed by the feedback from the faculty members.
The participants in addition to the training sessions were introduced to such on-campus opportunities as a use of computer rooms after sessions, library and its rich online database and witnessed real student life experience while living in the university dormitory. Also, they were able to share opinions and thoughts with their colleagues from different regions. Successful participants were awarded with certificates.
We approached several participants of RELTA-2016 to know their opinions on benefits of the programme and future use of obtained skills.
Shakhnoza Mirzaeva, Navoi region
Great amount of useful and up-to-date information. Very friendly atmosphere. Very motivating and inspiring for all teachers. I will share with colleagues in seminar which I am going to organize and apply during sessions without hesitation.
Sharif Khudoyberdiev, Surhandarya region
Before coming here I was hoping that I would be obtaining ideas about making my classes more interesting, more fruitful and especially about motivating my students from the trainers, but interestingly the trainers used the kind of approach that we learned from each other as well. I am really happy to be attending this seminar.
I think I my classes will be different from now on. Because now I know that the most important thing in motivating our students is just being motivated! And of course I am going to devote one of our local weekly seminars on the issues like motivating students and teaching grammar in a communicative way and on designing tests.
Elena Mustaeva, Namangan region
Participating in RELTA course benefited me a lot. First, I had opportunities to learn from other teachers’ working experience. The course has given me greater confidence. There was a great friendly atmosphere, studying alongside skillful teachers. Second, I have learned extremely useful information. In particular, the various techniques and approaches used to encourage active learning.
I also enjoyed the teaching observations. The observation sessions carried out at our lyceum are good too but it was valuable to experience them from a different viewpoint and to be taught by lectures who have worked in other setting.
I will implement what I have learnt in my workplace and improve practices as a Trainer and an Assessor. I’m going to apply different approaches and techniques of involving students into the learning process which I adopted from the lecturers and my colleagues as well.