Dudley Reynolds delivered the keynote address at the Society of Pakistan English Language Teacher’s 32nd International ELT Conference last week. More than 1,000 language educators attended the conference in Karachi, with overflow rooms set up to accommodate the large audience.
Reynolds spoke about the need for adaptability and specialized knowledge when teaching language: “Professional English language teachers must think and solve problems, they learn and innovate as they teach.” To tackle language learning, teachers of English language must “get into thinking mode and consider teaching skills, learner-focused teaching, specialized cognitive skills, language proficiency, content knowledge and contextual knowledge.”
Reynolds, teaching professor of English at CMU-Q, was named 51st president of TESOL International Association in 2016. Throughout his year-long term, Reynolds will be speaking at conferences on four continents, promoting professional development, English competency, multilingualism, and research. TESOL International Association, which stands for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, is an organization with 13,000 members in more than 150 countries.
Reynolds will deliver a keynote address at the National Geographic Learning Educational Forum in Doha on November 5 on the topic of the future of education in global societies.