The 15th annual CamTESOL (Cambodian Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) conference was held in Phnom Penh in February, with attendees from over 30 countries around the world.
RMIT English Worldwide (REW), including the School of English and University Pathways in Vietnam, was proud to continue its tradition of Gold sponsorship for the 8th consecutive year, supporting provincial Cambodian teachers to attend the event.
As the major professional development conference for educators in the Asia-Pacific region, this event attracts leading international ELT experts, local and international researchers and English teachers as keynote speakers and presenters.
The conference holds over 350 workshops and practical sessions in addition to plenary talks and panel discussions. Pre-conference events include the Regional ELT Research Symposium and the International ELT Leadership Forum.
Several members from the School of English and University Pathways, RMIT Vietnam, were invited to present sessions at the conference, including Paul Gormley, Mary Perez, Monique Nicastro, Julie Bird and Matthew Coster. Kate Stratford from REW Melbourne also presented.
Having presented a session titled, Who needs Needs Analysis?, Matthew Coster spoke highly of the event. “Personally, I consider this event a big success. My presentation on Needs Analysis focused on persuading teachers of its value, rather than breaking new ground, and a similar approach was taken by other presenters. To me, it is these workshops that give this event its charm and potential for quality professional development.”
Paul Gormley was a first-time presenter at CamTESOL and praised attendees for their willingness to learn and get the most out of their sessions, which is representative of how passionate ESL teachers are about their work.
“Our workshop was on the explicit teaching of connected speech in the ESL classroom, and the audience were really engaged and participating well. CamTESOL has really demystified the conference experience for me, and I am looking forward to presenting again.”
Representing REW, Julie Bird awarded the ASEAN Collaborative Research Grants and Regional ELT Research grant to the very worthy recipients, Mark Ulla, William Perales, Dr Made Hery Santosa and Thuy Diem as part of REW’s sponsorship. REW is committed to giving back to the community in which it has operated for over 50 years and encourages the progression of education standards in the region.