An international organisation, the Africa Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) it has trained over 200 international and indigenous teachers in Abuja on classroom and practitioners research.
The Founder, of TESOL Mr Okon Effiong, stated this in Abuja, at the Africa TESOL 4th International Conference and Exhibition.
He explained that TESOL which is based in Qatar also organizes relevant workshops to empower teachers at all levels and to give Nigerian teachers the opportunity to present papers at both international and local level.
“It is difficult for many teachers to travel outside the country for paper presentation, therefore, TESOL has provided a platform for them to present at its international conferences and this has helped their development.
“Though, we have a lot of challenges but the opportunity is more than the challenges and as we grow, I think we will bring more benefits to the English teachers in the continent.
“We offer workshop and research oriented for people to share their research finding and also learning new teaching approach.
“The opportunity is for you to come and grow professionally and we collaborate with the British Council and U.S. department to sponsor people in our conferences,” Effiong said.
The President, International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATETL) Mr Harry Kuchah, described the conference as of a great benefit and idea.
He said TESOL is a Pan-Africa organisation of English language teachers adding that it had organised lots of training and workshop to boost teaching profession in the continent.
“The workshop helps the teachers to investigate what is happening in their classroom and to develop indigenous paradigm practices that are appropriate for the Africa context.
“In Africa, for a long time we imported ideas about best practices context that are not the same with the Africa context.
According to him, it is high time that Africa generate its ideas, adding that Africa has different languages and only African know how to navigate it to teach in school.
“As president of one of the largest international association, I’m aware of what is happening across the globe in the field of English and in other part of the world their regional organisation are great.
The Head of Quality Assurance of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) Prof. Owan Enoh, noted that the conference was a welcome development due to its positive impact on teachers in the African continent.
He said the conference have helped the teachers to learn and interact with international communities and countries.
The conference drew Participants from Ethiopia, Tanzania, Gabon, South Africa, Senegal, Mali, Benin Republic, among others.
TESOL is a platform to bring in expertise across the continent together to work with each other and explore best practices that are legitimate and appropriate for their own context.