Namibia: Special Invitation for English Teachers at All Levels To Attend a Professional Development Workshop

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Sep 25 16:18:08 UTC 2008

Special Invitation for English Teachers at All Levels
To Attend a Professional Development Workshop on
October 17 and 18, 2008

Come experience the "best practices" English teaching techniques from
around the world while networking with your colleagues and having a
great time!

NETA (Namibian English Teachers' Association), formed two years ago,
is holding its first professional development workshop in the Northern
region. The focus will be on "Shaping the Way We Teach English," a
flexible series of 14 teacher-training modules that deals with all
English skills for all levels of students from children to adults.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with rave reviews so far,
this unique series contains natural, unscripted film footage of
classes in four diverse countries which is then used to isolate
various language teaching skills. Among other topics, the modules deal
with language in context, language form, group work, feedback, large
classes, and classroom assessment techniques (CAT's).

A keynote address will be given by Mr. Chief Ankama, former mayor of
Oshakati, member of Parliament, and specialist in Namibia's language
policy. Featured presenters will be Mr. Eran Williams, Regional
English Language Officer (US) for southern Africa, Dr. Marna
Broekhoff, English Language Fellow (US) to Namibia, and Mr. Richard
Finch, from Volunteer Services Overseas (UK) and Dr. Sarala
Krishnamurthy, Dean of the School of Communication, Polytechnic of
Namibia and Chairperson of NETA.

The workshops will be held from 14:00-17:30 and on Saturday from
8:00-16:00 in the main auditorium of Unam's North Campus in Oshakati.
There is no charge for the workshops, but we ask that you pre-register
by October 6, so we know how many to expect. Attendance will be
limited to the first 75 people who sign up. Please call the Unam
Director's office at 065-22-32-000. You may register at the door.

As a special bonus, the first fifty teachers to sign up will be given
the entire "Shaping the Way We Teach English" free of charge. The kit
includes three DVD's, one CD, and a Teacher's Manual, all of which
will be used in the workshops.

As an additional incentive, the first twenty teachers to register will
also be offered a free one-year membership in NETA (normally N$100),
which will provide you with professional development and networking
opportunities, a newsletter forum for expressing your teaching
concerns, and access to teaching materials.

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