‘Mentors play key role in educating teacher-researchers’

By   |  Published: 27th Dec 2020  10:51 pm
R Vennela, Assistant Professor of English at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, delivering a lecture

Warangal Urban: R Vennela, Assistant Professor of English at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, said that mentors should guide the teacher-researchers on how to conduct exploratory action research on issues and challenges faced by students in the learning process and develop language skills.

Delivering a lecture on mentoring exploratory action research at the valedictory programme of ‘Connecting Classrooms Project’ organised by the English Language Teachers Association (ELTA), Telangana, in association with the United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF) here on Sunday, Vennela stressed on the role of the mentors.

Convenor of the programme P Vinayadhara Raju said teachers of English and students from 25 schools across the State have participated in the programme. “During this 10-month programme, students of these schools paired with other school students and chose projects of their own and explored at a deeper level. They connected with other schools via Zoom and Google classroom. They learnt many ICT tools and used them in their project work.

The students learnt technology and used in their project works and presentations,” he said and added that the teacher representatives who had attended this meeting exhibited the project works and their achievements in this event.

“We have also launched the Exploratory Action Research programme sponsored by the British Council and Hornby. ELTA Warangal conducted a 45 day technology training titled ELTA Techy Kids. Today we have given cash prizes to the winners of the ‘Techy Kids’ competition,” Vinayadhara Rao added.

In this programme about 40 teachers across Telangana who participated in the United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF) sponsored Connecting Classrooms Project have gathered and disseminated the project reports.

T Venkateshwar Rao, President ELTA Telangana, appreciated the efforts of teachers of English of his association who rightly utilized the pandemic time to enhance the technical skills of both the teachers and students to conduct online classes to enrich technical skills and language skills as well. ELTA founder President Bathini Komuraiah, K Srinivas Reddy, State Treasurer, Ravi Kumar Kola, Editor ELTA Journal, and other ELTA teacher members participated in the programme.

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