Ambassador Lakhdhir speaks at the 1st ASEAN-English Language Teaching Conference 2018

Ambassador Lakhdhir shares her personal teaching experiences with the audience. (U.S. Embassy photo)

The 1st ASEAN-English Language Teaching Conference 2018 (ASEAN-ELT 2018) was held at the Equatorial Hotel in Melaka from March 15-17, 2018. One of the objectives of the ASEAN-ELT conference was to encourage greater regional co-operation among English language teachers and researchers.

At the Grand Ballroom for the Award Ceremony. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Organized by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), the conference attracted more than 800 English language professionals, story tellers, poets, writers, and jazz musicians across the region and other parts of the world. In her speech, Ambassador Lakhdhir stated that the United States sees itself as a strong partner in promoting active collaboration and mutual assistance in areas of common interest to all people throughout ASEAN, in particular in the field of English language education. She also encouraged the participants to take the opportunity to exchange ideas, assist each other, and collaborate regionally.

Following her speech, Ambassador Lakhdhir presented an Outstanding Educator Award to Ms. Caroline Graham for her work with teachers in Southeast Asia. Ms. Graham is a former Professor at Harvard and New York Teachers College and is the creator of numerous English language teaching books, most notably Jazz Chants and Let’s Sing, Let’s Chant.

A group photo of Ambassador Lakhdhir with Couselor for Public Affairs, Bradley Hurst, Prof. Dr. Jayakaran Mukundan, Chair of ASEAN-ELT 2018 and Associate Prof. Dr. Arshad Abd. Samad, Director, Centre for the Advancement of Language Competence, UPM. (U.S. Embassy photo)