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Teaching Fellow gives plenary at 31st SPELT Conference in Karachi, Pakistan


Middlesex University Teaching Fellow, Dr. Mick King, gave a plenary session on November 7th at the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers Conference held in Karachi, Pakistan. Mick’s plenary on problem-based learning titled “PBL for English: Does it work?” was recently offered as a research seminar at Middlesex University Dubai and was complemented in Karachi by a workshop where attendees got the chance to practice PBL. These sessions were designed to showcase new pedagogies in line with the Conference theme Traditions and Innovations. Both sessions were well attended and reaction was enthusiastic. The Conference is now in its 31st year making it an established event in the academic calendar for English language teachers. Its prominence means it is able to draw keynote and plenary speakers from around the world. In addition to Mick’s plenary, other invited speakers came from Canada, Ireland, the US, Australia and Pakistan. The conference takes place over two weekends in three cities (Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore) and attracts 2,000 delegates across these cities, 1,000 of which attend the conference in Karachi.   Mick’s visit included the opportunity to visit a local private school to observe the steps that are being taken to introduce more progressive pedagogies into the Pakistani educational system. The visit was also an opportunity to raise awareness of Middlesex University Dubai in a market where many citizens have family living in the Gulf. 

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