Arba Minch University (AMU) in collaboration with British Council hosted Ethiopian English Language Professionals’ Association/EELPA/ - South Chapter launching event in AMU on 23rd December, 2023. Click here to see more photos.

Vice President for Academic Affairs of AMU, Dr Alemayehu Chufamo, officially opening the workshop said that English language is one of the most spoken languages over the World; yet English language teachers do not have much access to improve their profession. Gathering and organizing English teachers and professionals under one umbrella in association and preparing such workshop initiates professional development and thus it plays an important role in assuring quality of education.

President of EELPA, Mr Yoseph Feleke, gave a low down on EELPA and said that the current name of the association is the result of 20 years of endeavors evolving from ELTTN to AAELTA, AAELTA to ELPA and ELPA to EELPA/Ethiopian English Language Professionals’ Association/; EELPA launched its first Chapter in Dire Dawa, the South Chapter in Arba Minch and its third chapter is going to be launched in Jimma sooner. The main objective of this association is transforming English Language Education in Ethiopia through empowering English teachers and professionals, Mr. Yoseph added. The president also noted that the association facilitates the exposure of member teachers and professionals to get foreign education exposures to study MA in UK.

Elected EELPA-South executive committees are: Dr. Tesfaye Habtemariyam - president, Dr. Adanech Zemede - Vice President, Mr. Fissiha Bekele - Secretary, Mrs. Tseganesh Anbessie - accountant, Dr. Melese Mengesha - casher, Mr. Paulos Samuel and Mr. Zerhun Fekade - members.
EELPA - South and EELPA Addis Ababa have signed a memorandum of understanding of supervising and facilitating activities of EELPA-South accordingly. EELPA - South President Dr. Tesfaye Habtemariyam and Mr. Yoseph Feleke, EELPA Addis president, inked on the agreement.

Training was also a part of the launching event; hence, “Introducing Online Resources for Teaching English and English Contents”, “Using and Adopting Inclusive Practices”, “Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in teaching”, “Project-Based Learning” and “Warmer, Filler and Cooler” activities in English classrooms were the titles briefed over the day-long presentations.

At the end, certificate of appreciation for organizers, merit for event sponsors, recognition for presenters and participation for trainees were handed over. English teachers and professionals from Government and Private Schools in Arba Minch Town, Gamo Zone, AMU and Arba Minch College of Education, Education officers form Arba Minch Town, Gamo Zone education department and the trainers from AMU School of Pedagogical and Behavioral Sciences, AMU English Language and Literature Department, and British Council were in attendance.

AMU, AMU – Enset Project, Arba Minch College of Education, British Council, Arba Minch Town Administration Education Office, and Gamo Zone Education Department were the workshop event sponsors. Dr. Melanie Porter,  mastered the event.

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