US Consulate General Lahore (USCGL) hosted an opening ceremony of the 1st International Symposium on English Language Teaching Practices in Higher Education Institutes from the PakTESOL platform. The PakTESOL chapter was established in 2019 in partnership with the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Islamabad, through a US Mission fund of $179,846. PakTESOL has established eight chapters in Pakistan and is organizing ten regional conferences, workshops, and symposia for English language teachers.

The Spokesperson for US Consulate General Lahore, Karl Rogers, spoke at the event and highlighted the importance of the English language for higher education and the economic development of Pakistan.

“PakTESOL provides English language professionals a valuable opportunity to share their knowledge, experience, and best practices. This year the United States and Pakistan are celebrating 75 years of bilateral relations and this program is yet another example of our long-standing partnership,” said Mr Rogers.

Rogers thanked the University of Central Punjab (UCP), PakTESOL leadership, and program volunteers for their dedication, hard work, and commitment for hosting and organizing the symposium.  He added that promoting English language learning and supporting English teachers are at the forefront of the United States’ partnership with Pakistan. English is a language of international communication and helps facilitate stronger relationships with countries around the globe.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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