The Postgraduate and Research Department of English organized a workshop on “Promoting Communication Skills in the ESL Classroom for Pre-service Teachers” in association with ELT@I Thoothukudi Chapter and supported by The British Council, Chennai on 17th and 18th December, 2014. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. C. Veerabahu, Principal of V. O. Chidambaram College at 9.30 am on 17th December, 2014. Dr. A. Joycelin Shermila, Convener of ELT@I Thoothukudi Chapter introduced the trainers: Dr. Ramani, Vice-president of ELT@I and Mrs. Uma K. Raman of British Council.
Mrs. Uma K. Raman discussed ways to enhance fluency through games. She also spoke on effective role play in the language classroom and also on developing communication skills through storytelling and story making.
Dr. Ramani spoke on reading and vocabulary activities. He demonstrated the interactive teaching of English grammar and also enlightened the participants with vocabulary and pronunciation activities.
Dr. R. C. Vasuki, Principal of A.P.C Mahalaxmi College for Women, delivered the valedictory address at 3.30 pm on 18th December, 2014. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. V. Chanthiramathi, Associate Professor of English, V. O. Chidambaram College.