HLS recently had the privilege to work with the American Corner Kandy to conduct an ESL teacher training program on 5th August 2023. This was a remarkable opportunity for teachers to polish their teaching skills as language educators while exploring new realms in language education. Even though their teaching approaches differed, the aim of HLS was to offer them with a professional toolkit in navigating challenging avenues as ESL teachers and educators.

A number of enthusiastic teachers from different institutions took part in this endeavor; their active participation was encouraged through various interactive activities that triggered curiosity in pedagogical trends facilitating maximum retention. The liveliness and energy of these passionate minds were admirable as they engaged in various activities such as discussions, role plays and many other interactive activities. The objective was to equipe ESL teachers to modern teaching techniques and approaches that could be used to within ESL classrooms.

The teachers were very eager to share their personal classroom experience, all the while brainstorming and sharing their ideas to overcome challenges faced with classrooms; collectively forming the adaptive environment to cater the ever-changing landscapes of education. They were creating their own atmosphere where they gained mutual benefit through each other to improve themselves as friendly, fellow individuals working towards achieving a collaborative goal.

Modern education demands less individual effort and more collective effort in restructuring the new and emerging learning styles. Group discussions, debates and project-based learning are some among them which promote collaboration. By imitating real classroom situations, the participants created an environment where they got the opportunity to enhance dynamic student learning experience rather than passive observation.

The HLS workshop aimed at professional development through meticulous content targeting the high demand of well-trained educators who not only exceed the traditional classroom norms but showcase their dexterity in transforming themselves into facilitators of innovation. The broader vision and mission of HLS is to elevate English language education standards making language an opportunity; not a barrier. Empowering ESL educators who carry equal gust and zest to face each and every challenge within the complicated globalized context has been the sole motive of HLS. This has been easily achieved by the appreciative passion of the language educators who participated in this wonderful event.

The new-found confidence and innovation of these educators were evident in their eagerness to implement what they acquired through the training. The impact of this workshop is intended to be spread far beyond the corners of American Center Kandy; gaining nationwide acclaim towards innovative teaching approaches. The ESL workshop conducted by HLS on 5th August 2023 stands testament to the heartfelt dedication of the team towards building a language education where opportunities reach far beyond regional restrictions. It is a transformation of knowledge sharing spaces. It is a platform for interactive learning, exchange of ideas as well as collaboration of unique individuals. This is the final outcome of the massive effort of HLS in creating language spaces where sterling personalities bloom into fruitful contributors of education. Professional development for HLS is all about creating this linguistically competent global community. This workshop stands for one such proud successful endeavor where the educators explored the limitless capabilities of innovative language teaching.

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