Muscat: The opening ceremony of the 14th edition of Oman International ELT (English Language Teaching) Conference, organised by the Language Centre of the Sultan Qaboos University, commenced Friday under the patronage of Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour Al Hassani, Minister of Information. This year's conference is focusing on bridging traditions and innovations in English language teaching.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Saleh Al Busaidi, Director of the Language Centre at the SQU, said that the current technologies undoubtedly offer more possibilities for communication and interaction.
"However, there is a lot to learn before we can confidently say that these innovations have made an impact on learning. Many of us are battling to keep up with the technological advancements. By the time we learn how to use something, we find that something else has come up. With the increasing reliance on computers and the Internet, we need to educate our students about the best practices so that they avail from the endless opportunities these innovations provide for learning," he said.
Last year, the Language Centre at the SQU, in collaboration with some private colleges and universities in Oman, hosted the first Peer Tutoring Symposium.
This symposium served as a venue for students who worked as peer tutors in their respective institutions. 'Peer tutors' refers to students, normally seniors, who help other students in learning. Dr Saleh Al Busaidi said that the peer tutors show extraordinary commitment and passion for work in helping their fellow students.
"We strongly believe that these peer tutors are the future teachers, and indeed innovators and leaders. This year, we are having the second symposium. A range of sessions and workshops have been scheduled for this one day event," he said. The Language Centre Director congratulated his colleagues at the Tutorial Centre at the SQU for organising the symposium.