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University of Dar-es-Salaam venue for the African English Teachers’ General Conference in 2025

Tanzania will host the General Conference of African English Teachers Association, an event which is set to take place at the University of Dar-es-salaam Campus in the course of 2025.

The President of Tanzania English Language Teachers Association (TELTA) Ayoub Msuya revealed here that the grand meeting will be attended by more than 600 teachers from all over the continent with 300 teachers coming from the host country, Tanzania.

Msuya was speaking in Arusha during the just ended Tanzanian English Language Teachers Association’s Fifth Annual Conference held at the Institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA), which was attended by 300 English teachers from all over the country.

Msuya listed some of TELTA’s achievements, including the grooming of proficient English language teachers and leaders across Tanzania through various programs.

According to the TELTA President, Tanzania had previously sent six teachers to attend the Great Lakes Region’s English Teachers Conference in Ethiopia, but earlier the U.S Embassy in Dar-es-salaam also funded nine teachers to participate in another meeting of African English Teachers held in Egypt.

The Arusha conference which was meanwhile funded by the United States Embassy in Dar es Salaam brought together 300 participants, including English language teachers from across Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar, as well as instructors and trainers from Kenya, Djibouti, the USA, and Qatar.

The conference, themed ‘Motivating English Language Teachers to Adopt Advanced Teaching Methodologies and Tools,’ was also attended by U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Officials.

“This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our access program, which is a micro scholarship program for students,” revealed Jeanne Clark, the Public Affairs Officer from the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam.

“Students wouldn’t have benefitted from that program if there weren’t dedicated English language teachers willing to learn the curriculum and adopt new methodologies of teaching,” Ms Clark added.

In her opening remarks, the chairperson of the event Irene Maganga, emphasized the goal of enhancing classroom experiences through the latest innovations in teaching.

“Our goal is to inspire and equip educators with the latest innovations in teaching to enhance their classroom experiences,” she maintained.

Dr. Aymen Elsheikh, an Instructional Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University in Qatar, delivered a keynote address critiquing traditional teaching methods and promoting the ‘post-method approach, encouraging teachers to adapt advanced methodologies suited to their teaching contexts.

The TELTA 5th Annual Conference successfully reinforced the commitment to advancing English language education in Tanzania, empowering educators with the skills and knowledge to make a meaningful impact in their classrooms and communities.

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