English Language Teaching Professional Development

Thursday 29th December, 2016 (9:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Venue: Brac Centre Inn, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka

Featuring Two International ELT Specialists

Dr Sharmin Khan, San José State University, San José, California, USA
Language, Computer-mediated Communication and Social Media


Dr M. Obaidul Hamid, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
“On Second Language Errors and Error Correction”

Abstract: Dr Sharmin Khan explores the effect of Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) and social media (texting, tweeting, Facebook, etc.) on language use, both in speech and writing. Examining digital communication as a work of human intellect and creativity and comparing it to other modes of communication, the session will determine how language is changing and what is shaping this transformation. Beginning with a historical look at symbolic inscription through the ages, the workshop will develop a critical appreciation of the characteristic features of this evolving, innovative electronic discourse and its impact on literacy practices and creative writing. It will also consider how age, social class and gender identity define the ways we engage in social networking and imaginative/artistic forms of digital expression.

Abstract: Dr M. Obaidul Hamid focuses on the significant changes in our understanding of errors and the role of errors in second language acquisition (SLA) over the past few decades. Our views of errors and error correction should receive further rethinking in the light of the growing recognition of the different varieties of English spearheaded by the World Englishes (WE) movement. This workshop will investigate errors from a pedagogical perspective to problematize identification of errors by teachers of English. It will draw on several frameworks including the language management theory.


This Event was Supported by The American Center, U.S. Embassy, Dhaka