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Photos for Language Teaching: Part IV

It is the fourth post of its kind aiming to promote the use of photos in English language teaching learning. The photos can serve the multiple purposes in our classes such as writing (paragraph/essay writing, story writing etc.), speaking (conversation, describing photos etc.) and other kinds of group/ peer works. In this part IV, we…

[SURVEY] Reading Habit: Do Our Students Read the Books Outside the Textbooks?

Loads of textbook while going to school! Loads of homework while returning home from the school! Teachers and schools do not show their interests in curriculum and materials neither do students and guardians. In this context, private education has witnessed clear signs of a gradual shift from the rote learning. A survey, published in Nepal…

Choutari Workshop: Photo Blog

Texts by Praveen, Photos by Umes NeltaChoutari organized a workshop titled Behind Academic Publishing: Why, How and What at King’s College, Babar Mahal in Kathmandu on June 28, 2014. Bal Krishna Sharma, a founder of NeltaChoutari and a Ph. D. scholar at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, facilitated the one-day workshop, attended by over…

Testing the Testing System of Nepal: An Interactive Article

Choutari Editors Testing is inevitable although not desirable. It is necessary in order to keep the track of overall progress of language teaching programme. Debates have been going on for and against the testing. However, the important point to note here is that it is the faulty process of testing that is being criticized not…

The Taste of Testing Students’ Test Papers

Bal Ram Adhikari “How do you find marking students’ answer sheets?” To this question once asked abruptly by a friend of mine, I replied, “It tastes rather awful.” “What about teaching?” he asked another question. “Oh, don’t you compare teaching with testing!” That was my immediate reply. As a teacher, my job is not over…

Classroom Assessment: A New Era in Language Testing or An Additional exercise?

Presented By: Ashok Raj Khati and Manita Karki Language testing cannot be separated from the changing understanding of the nature of language, language abilities, and language teaching and learning. Accordingly, what is to be tested in language teaching has drastically been changing in recent times as a result of changes in what is to be…

Need of Induction for Beginning Teachers: My Refection

Ramesh Chandra Bhandari Thousands of graduates begin their career as teachers every year in Nepal. As they do not have any experience in dealing with various aspects of the profession, they face many problems. Everyone who starts his/her career in a field expects to receive some kind of orientation of briefing (known as induction) from…

Professor Stephen Stoynoff’s Keynote Speech: Classroom Assessment

Ganga Ram Gautam Prof. Stoynoff in his keynote address during 19th NELTA International Conference held in Kathmandu on Feb 27, discussed his professional journey in the field of language assessment using a “trekking” metaphor as part of an anecdote from his Nepal visit long time ago. The highlights of the message that he conveyed through…

Interactive Language Fair at NELTA 2014 with Photo Feature

Laxman Gnawali NELTA added a special event to its 19th International Conference 2014: Interactive Language Fair (ILF) designed after the IATEFL’s ILF. In this event, 16 presenters showcased their research, innovations and experiments. As I coordinated this event, I would like to briefly describe the process of preparing and organizing the event. Once the NELTA…

A Report on plenary “Do We Still Need Dictionaries?” by Dr. Elaine Higgleton

Suman Laudari Do English teachers still need dictionaries, especially printed dictionaries? Because internet gives access to the online form of most of the monolingual and some bilingual dictionaries, do English teachers need to buy and ask students to buy dictionaries? Dictionaries are usually bulky and voluminous, so should we ask students not to buy them,…

Gender through Socio-behavioural and Academic Perspectives

Sweta Baniya In this blog entry, I attempt to present my experience of gender from two different points of view in my life: one through social and behavioral norms while growing up as a girl in my family and society, and another through academic and professional perspectives while learning complex intellectual issues about gender in…

Storytelling for Learning Language with Fun

Santona Neupane As teachers, we often ask ourselves, “How can we develop creative thinking of our students? How can we ensure that our lessons are fun making and useful for them?” We, the teachers today always seek to find new ways to help the learners unleash their creativity. In this post, I share with you…

Need of Evolution: Continuing the Discourse-to-Practice for Local ELT Practices in Nepal

Pramod Kumar Sah In countries where English is used as a second or a foreign language, teachers have already started grounding their ELT practices on their locally available resources as well as locally viable methods and approaches of teaching English as a lingua franca language. In Nepal, where English is used as a foreign language,…

Nelta Choutari: Fifth Anniversary Issue 2014

Editorial Choutari Editors It is said that five years is a century in internet time! But this is not always true in every country and context. Due to never-ending political gridlock, our society is not making the type of progress that the discourse of the internet assumes. We have slightly better bandwidth for internet access…

Quick Survey with Choutari Audience

Compiled and Edited by Ushakiran Wagle and Lal Bahadur Rana The value of a venue like this lies in the conversation that follows the publication of the community’s ideas. Just imagine that no one responds to what we publish! Fortunately for us, in the last one year, we have had a lot of new conversation, and…

Impact of NeltaChoutari on Nepalese ELT

When NeltaChoutari was started five years ago, we gave it the tagline: “Nepalese ELT Practitioners meet the world”. As we make the fifth year’s milestone, we greet our readers with the voices of our readers. We present the voices of our colleagues who have read and joined the conversation on Choutari, and thereby translated knowledge,…

2013: A Reflection about Choutari

Praveen Kumar Yadav What happens when a whole new generation of farmers who have the ability to meet in the village square to discuss whole new types of crops, agricultural methods, and markets for their harvest? They meet at the local Choutari. They find or create new intersections on the way to one another’s fields,…

Welcoming new colleagues to Choutari

(Compiled by Praveen Kumar Yadav and Madhav Kafle) Especially when it comes to community building, bigger is better! We are delighted to introduce a number of new colleagues as editors of NeltaChoutari. As we do so, we also include some thoughts and ideas that we asked our colleagues to share, so we go beyond simply…

Towards Multilingual Education in Nepal

Reflections on MLE Conference 2013 Praveen Kumar Yadav We not only use language for daily communication; we also use language to express our identities and cultures and to represent our lifestyles and communities. So, as we all know, the loss of language is loss of both culture and identity of the community speaking the language.…

Socio-Cultural Identity of EFL Teacher in Nepal

Ashok Raj Khati Many school authorities rejected Shiva Luitel, a member of one of the teachers’ union and a 15-year teaching professional, when he sought for confirmation for his transfer from the present workplace. Moreover, he was immediately provided permission for transfer from his present workplace. Shiva Luitel, who holds a strong sense of socio-cultural…

In the Mission of Grooming Young Creative Minds

*Jeevan Karki, www.merocreation.com jk.pravat85@yahoo.com Hello Sir!!!!!  am (I’m) missing u a lot especially when the english periods go no quite monotonous. anwy (anyway) am f9 (fine) n doing gud. hope u r also f9 n u know wt(what) sir i started writing poem frm grade 10 n till date i hav completed 50 poems. shocking…

Exploring Creativity in Young Learners: An Analysis Within

       *Sagun Shrestha sagunshrestha4@gmail.com ‘Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new…

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