A Two day online International Conference on English Language Teaching during Pandemic Times: Grappling with the New-Normal

DAY 2   1.35 pm to 5.00pm Session Name (Room) YouTube links (for public to view)

Teacher’s Innovation and Challenges - (Room 2)    https://tinyurl.com/teacher-innovation-r2-live1

Teacher’s Innovation and Challenges - (Room 3)    https://tinyurl.com/teacher-innovation-r3-live1

Teacher’s Innovation and Challenges (Room 4)    https://tinyurl.com/teacher-innovation-r4-live1

Digital technologies in education - (Room 5)    https://tinyurl.com/digital-tech-edu-r5-live1

Digital technologies in education - (Room 6)    https://tinyurl.com/digital-tech-edu-r6-live1

Parental intervention/Interference - Students perspectives (Room 7)    https://tinyurl.com/parent-student-r7-live1

Teacher Training/Education - (Room 8)    https://tinyurl.com/teacher-training-edu-r8-live1


/ about

The global Covid-19 pandemic has thrust upon all the stakeholders of education with the unprecedented challenges of disseminating knowledge outside the ease of standardized educational setup. Each institution is perplexed and has attempted all possibilities to ensure uninterrupted learning during the crisis.

Hence, the conference tries to assemble all the educators, researchers, students and parents across India and abroad to share their learning experiences: trials and errors of coping with the teaching of English during the pandemic and the future prospects. Insights derived from such deliberations would help deduce practical policies, provide ideas and strategies to educators and explore new research areas.

The conference includes plenary sessions, panel discussions by national and global educators and parallel paper presentations by scholars, teachers and teacher educators.


The Regional Institute of English, South India, Bengaluru was founded in June 1963 with the broad objective of improving standards of English Language Teaching in the six southern member states of India, viz., Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana and Union Territory of Pondicherry. The institute has been training thousands of government teachers every year from all member states including the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

During its five decades, the institute has strived for the betterment of English Language Education and thus has carved a niche for itself in the fields of Teacher Training, Material Production, Action Research and Trainer Training.

Situated in the sprawling campus of Bangalore University, the institute provides a conducive ambience for interactive learning and professional growth. Besides short-term and long-term teacher development and trainer development programmes, the institute also offers Post Graduate Diploma in English Language Teaching (PGDELT) and Diploma in English Communication (DIEC) through distance mode. Some specialized programmes in English for specific purposes are also offered.

About IT for Change

IT for Change is an NGO, established in 2000, with the vision of a society in which digital technologies contribute to social justice and equity. The domains of their work include governance of the digital economy, digital rights and democracy, digital technology and education, and gender justice in the digital society. They adopt research, field projects, policy advocacy and consulting approaches for holistic impact.

In the domain of education, the Centre for Education and Technology seeks to build participatory models that strengthen teacher agency, school autonomy, adolescent education and community participation, in partnership with public education institutions and systems. 

Their projects systemically integrate digital technologies for connecting, creating and collaborating at school, district and state levels to strengthen the quality of school education. Their workshops, on-line 

and blended courses and programs in pre-service and in-service teacher education strengthen teacher agency and professional capacities.

Their research includes digital intelligence, collaborative OER models, communities of practice and free and open technologies.

Sub-themes of the conference

1. Government’s Role

  • Government’s intervention: Teaching and learning schemes and programs

  • Implementing NEP 2020

  • Assessment Procedures

2. Organization/ Institution

  • Challenges, Academic preparedness and dissemination

  • Changes in goals and strategies of teaching and learning

  • Policy issues and decisions

  • Coherence/ staff collegiality and teacher community

  • Enhancing outreach programs (creating awareness)

3. Teacher Innovation and Challenges

  • Varied teaching techniques and practices.

  • Impact on teaching language

  • Selection and reduction of instructional materials.

  • Dealing with young learners

  • Teacher-student relationship

  • Assessment procedure

  • Classroom research

4. Digital technologies in education

  • Learning Management Systems

  • Desktop and web tools for teaching English

  • Blended Teaching and Learning

  • Student Teacher preparedness, motivation and interactions

  • Materials and resources: design & development

  • Cybersecurity other challenges & limitations

  • Digital divide: Managing Inequities and Environmental Injustices

  • Big Data and Artificial intelligence, personalized analytics and learning

  • Professional learning communities (digital networks), as a scaffold

5. Parental intervention

  • Academic, social and economic aspects

  • Psychological issues

  • Parent-teacher relationship and interactions

6. Student’s perspectives

  • Student’s acquisition of language skills

  • Classroom to living room - coping with the change

  • Use of technical devices for attending classes

  • Home assignment and assessment issues

7. Teacher Training / Education

  • Pre-service and in-service

  • Teacher professional development

  • Teacher assessment

  • Materials and resources

8. Rethinking Education: the way forward


25th June 2021



26th June 2021





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Dr Hema Ramanathan

(Fmr.) Associate Professor, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA, USA


Dr Padmini Bhuyan Boruah

Professor & Head of the Department of ELT at Gauhati University, INDIA

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Dr Asli Lidice Gokturk Saglam

Instructor, Ozyegin University Istanbul, TURKEY

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Dr Mian Md. Naushaad Kabir

Associate Professor English, Institute of Modern Languages, University of Dhaka, BANGLADESH

Day 1


Mr. Muhammad Qasem Jami

English Teacher & Education Advisor, Herat, AFGHANISTAN

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Ms. Feruza  Erkulova Melikuzievna

Ph.D Researcher at Namangan State University, EFLT, UZBEKISTAN

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Mr. Benson Bonaya Guyo

Teacher, Marsabit Mixed Secondary School, KENYA

Patron of Leadership and Entrepreneurship Club


Ms Asmerah Batugan

Teacher and English Coordinator at Sultan Guro Memorial National High School, PHILIPPINES


Day 2

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Dr Senkamalam Periysamy Dhanavel

Professor, English,  Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, INDIA


Mr. Gurumurthy Kasinathan

Founder and Director, IT for Change, Bengaluru, INDIA


Senior Academic Manager, British Council, INDIA


Dr Ravinarayan Chakrakodi

Professor and Academic Head, Regional Institute of English South India, Bengaluru, INDIA

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Dr P Jani Reddy

Lecturer, Govt.DIET Rangareddy District at Vikarabad,Telangana, INDIA


Dr  Anusha Ramanathan

Faculty, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, INDIA


Ms. Maya Menon

Founder Director – The Teacher Foundation, INDIA

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Mr Joy T F

Senior Lecturer, DIET, Malappuram, Kerala, INDIA

Ms Rebecca Rawnson


Paper presenters will be registered after the selection of the paper.


Last date for abstract submission: 25.05.2021

Due to overwhelming responses and requests from paper presenters, we are extending the last date up to 11.06.2021

For submission of Abstract: click here

Abstract format:

  • 250 words

  • Font: Times New Roman

  • Font Size: 12, double space

  • Subthemes of the abstract should link to the main theme.

  • Filename: (your name) rieabstract e.g. Manjularieabstract 


Refer here for a sample abstract : 


Full papers: 15.07.2021

(Select papers will be published in the subsequent RIESI journal, The English Classroom-ISSN no.2250-2831). The length of the paper must be 2500 - 3000 words.

Registration for Delegates: click here


Last Date for Registration: 23.06.2021

Registration Fee:


Paper presenters: Rs.500

Attendee/Delegate: Rs.300


Paper Presenters and Delegates: 10 dollars


Payment details: Google pay / NEFT

Name : The Director, RIESI, Bangalore.

Bank : Canara Bank

Account No: 8411101001128

IFSC Code: CNRB0008411

Note: Delegates will be registered in BBB and will have the opportunity to directly interacting with the speakers.  They will also be made into groups and can interact with the fellow delegates



Organizing Committee


Mr. Basawaraja C Gawanalli



Dr. Pooja Giri

Faculty, RIESI and Conference Coordinator


Mr. Suman Bandi

Faculty, RIESI and Conference Co-coordinator


Mr. Gurumurthy Kasinathan

DIRECTOR, IT for Change

Editorial Committee

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Dr. S Mohanraj

Former Professor, EFL-U, Hyderabad


Dr Ravinarayan C


Dr. Partha Sarathi Mishra

Visiting Faculty, Azim Premji University


Dr. S Venkateswaran

Former Professor, RIESI, Bengaluru

Dr. Hitesh C Bhakat

Professor, RIESI, Bengaluru

Professor, RIESI, Bengaluru

Dr. Uzma Raheel

Lecturer, RIESI, Bengaluru

Lecturer, RIESI, Bengaluru

Ms. Padmashree R P



Thanks for submitting!


Regional Institute of English South India,

Jnanabharathi Campus,

Bengaluru –560056


For any additional requirements contact:

Dr. Pooja Giri, Faculty, RIESI, Coordinator

Mr. Suman Bandi, Faculty, RIESI, Co-Coordinator

Conference Email: riesiconference@gmail.com

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