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Report on the ELT@Besig Workshop at Bengaluru.8-7-17

ELT@ Besig successfully conducted its first workshop on "Enhancing professional Communication skills" sponsored by the CSR dept. of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. Bangalore, on 8th July 2017. The event brought together academicians from different parts of the country and the professionals from TCS to deliberate over the need and relevance of teaching professional communication skills in improving the employability of graduates.

Lalitha Murthy's very insightful session on 'Professional Communication skills- from an English teacher to a Business English trainer- Strengths and Challenges- helped us look beyond classroom teaching, and taught us dynamics of effective teaching of professional communication skills. She laid a special emphasis on etiquettes in business writing skills, by citing email as an example. She also brought to the front the differences in language used in different forms of writing. In her second session on "Impact of culture on language and communication", Lalita Murthy emphasized the need of becoming aware of and sensitive to cross-cultural differences in a professional environment.

Jayashree Menon demonstrated the effectiveness of task based teaching of business English and kept the audience captivated with several tasks and activities that taught the differences in register.

Dolon Gupta, Global Head, Culture and language Initiatives, TCS Ltd. in her session on "Requirement Gathering in a business context" gave us an insider's view on the prerequisites of a good trainer. Some of the few tips she gave included the significance of knowing the demographics of one's audience, inquiring about the venue of training, understanding the requirements and purpose of the training program and optimizing the time duration of one's training. Her recommendations shall help the participants immensely in becoming more effective teachers.

The warm and yet professional aura created by the organizers added to its successful conduct and made it both memorable and informative for the participants.

Report by :
Smita Sail, Asst professor,
Amrita School of Engineering

The National workshop on Academic writing, organized by ELTAI, for its short term and Donor members on 7-8 January 2017 at the Annammal College of Education for Women, Thoothukudi (TN), was attended by 23 teachers and research scholars. The two-day programme was aimed at training the participants in Academic writing skills such as writing proposals and reports of projects and dissertations, submitting articles for professional journals and presentation skills.

Dr. K. Elango (National Secretary, ELTAI), Dr. G.A. Lal of the Kerala University, Dr. P.N. Ramani (Vice-President, ELTAI) and Dr. Revathi Viswanathan,of B.S. Abdur Rahman University, Chennai, served as resource persons.

Thanks to Mr. A. Ganesan, Secretary and Correspondent, Annammal College of Education for Women and its Principal, Dr. A. Joucilin Shemila for making excellent arrangements for the workshop.

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