The Department of English and the University of Asia Pacific hosted a workshop titled "Sustainable Teaching: Engagement Beyond Classroom Walls," organized by Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association (BELTA) and sponsored by the American Centre, U.S. Embassy, Dhaka. The facilitator, Dr. Wendy Ashby, is a Professor at Faculty Support Center, Cochise College, Arizona, USA. Dr. Wendy is a classroom instructor, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, materials designer, and program evaluation specialist in academia (the University of Arizona, University of Missouri, and the University of Arkansas) and civil service (Department of Defense and Department of State) both in the U.S. and overseas.
The workshop started at 02:00 pm and continued on to 4:30 pm on 23rd November in the Board of Trustees conference room with participants from the Department of English, UAP, and other renowned private universities and colleges. The workshop was conducted via Zoom. The honorable member of the Board of Trustees, Mrs. Tasneem Shiraz Mahboob, graced the program with her presence from the very beginning.
The Director of the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and the advisor, Seminar Committee, Department of English, Ismat Zarin, welcomed everyone and introduced the facilitator, Dr. Wendy Ashby, to the participants and guests. After Ms.Ismat Zarin's welcome speech, Dr. Wendy started the workshop.
The workshop intended to introduce how English Language teachers can adopt a task-based approach to connect language learning to real-life scenarios. Using task-based products in lesson plans would engage learners better while teaching them how to communicate effectively and in a meaningful way.
The interactive workshop was very engaging, with group discussions and activities. There was a thought-provoking question-and-answer session. Dr. Wendy Ashby appreciated our participants' innovative ideas for creating a task-based lesson plan. The Head of the Department of English, Dr. Zakia Ahmad, thanked the honorable BoT member Tasneem Shiraz Mahboob, organizers, facilitator and participants for joining and actively participating in the event. The event successfully ended by giving certificates and souvenirs to the participants and the facilitator.