14 February 2007
The Academy of English and Drama today organised an international conference on developing the role of English education in schools. The conference brought together more than 400 teachers from a variety of Sri Lankan schools and institutions and several prominent speakers. Among the speakers was Barry Childs, from University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Barry is Principal Examiner and trainer for English O Level in Malaysia, as well as a Chief Coursework Moderator for English Language GCSE examinations in the UK.
He said: "It has been a privilege to work with the teachers of Sri Lanka. I am grateful to the Academy of English and Drama for letting me speak at this prestigious event. University of Cambridge International Examinations is at the forefront of providing quality education to students, and the Sri Lankan Education Board has continually provided relevant training and forums for teachers to augment their teaching skills."
The conference was organised by The Academy for English and Drama in association with the American Centre, the British Council and the Rotary Club of Colombo, Metropolitan Branch. The event was held at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo and provided a forum for exchange of ideas and best practice.
The Academy for English and Drama, an institute par excellence, has been very active in imparting the right skills to its students. The event was intended to familiarise teachers with contemporary teaching practices and techniques that have worked successfully in various parts of the world.
As part of the event CIE held the English for Teachers forum, which gave teachers the opportunity to familiarise themselves with current methodology and practices, and provided a forum where they could seek practical solutions to the problems they frequently face in the classroom.
The workshop was chaired by William Bickerdike, CIE’s Regional Manager, South Asia. He said: "This forum is an initiative of CIE to develop the role of English language and share best practice in the education system in Sri Lankan schools. CIE addresses the needs of both students and teachers so far as English language is concerned." He congratulated the students, teachers and curriculum designers for taking part in the conference and said that CIE felt proud to be able to provide them a solid foundation in English.
Joining the audience from India was Lawrence Fray, Principal of Vidya Sanaskar International School, New Delhi, who spoke about the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers.
The ceremony ended with a vote of thanks by Nirmali Hetteriachi, Regional Representative for Sri Lanka, University of Cambridge International Examinations.