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British Council Sponsors 28th NileTESOL Conference to Promote English Language Education in Egypt

Mon 29 Jan 2024 | 05:17 PM
By Ahmad El-Assasy

Cairo, Egypt - The British Council is proud to sponsorship of the 28th NileTESOL conference, the premier event for English language educators in the Middle East and North Africa region. 

The conference, which took place on January 23rd and 24th, brought together over 4400 members of the NileTESOL community to share knowledge, best practices, and professional development opportunities.

As a sponsor of the event, the British Council has invited Michael Connolly, British Council Global Leader of English Programmes, to be a keynote speaker.

Attendees will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from Michael’s practical insights on the future of English Language as well as the role and future of technology and its dramatic advance in English language teaching and learning. 

Furthermore, the British Council is sponsoring 200 teachers from across Egypt to attend the conference, demonstrating its commitment to providing professional development opportunities to as many educators as possible.

Mark Howard, British Council Director in Egypt commented: “It was a real pleasure to attend my first NileTESOL. The focus on teachers is so important as committed and dedicated teachers are what make the difference. 

It was very good to see such a powerful community of practice here in Egypt and to see so many other partners working alongside the British Council to support the teaching and learning of English. Well done to all those involved”.

Michael Connolly, Global Director English Programmes added: “It has been a wonderful experience for me to come back ‘home’ to Egypt, to the country where I first became a teacher trainer. 

NileTESOL is a special event, with teachers from every part of Egypt and beyond. I talked about ‘the Future of English’, a British Council project looking at the role of English in society and in education in the years ahead and am leaving Egypt full of ideas from teachers at the conference and inspired by their enthusiasm for English language education”.

Dr Mahmoud Allam, Dean of School of Continuing Education said “As we step into the school of continuing education SCE centennial year, we are starting with such a landmark event achieving a resounding success for the field of English language teaching in Egypt and beyond. 

This professional gathering brings together a vibrant community of educators, researchers, and practitioners, all united by a shared passion for teaching and learning. The collaborative spirit fostered here in NileTESOL 2024 will spark new ideas, forge meaningful connections, and propel our profession forward.”

Hala Ahmed, Head of English Programmes at the British Council, presented a featured session, "Brining in social issues to the language classroom through story-based approach," aimed at providing unique insights and strategies for Egyptian English language teachers. 

The session focused on addressing the theme of hardship and resilience through practical English lessons informed by a story-based methodology and embedded in a children’s rights perspective.

The British Council has been a long-time supporter of NileTESOL, dating back to 2010. At the conference, the British Council will have a branded booth to showcase its extensive work in English language education and provide visitors with more information about its programmes.