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National Conference

English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS)
&
Symbiosis Institute of Foreign & Indian Languages (SIFIL)
present

7th NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Teaching Business Communication: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
February 10 & 11, 2017

ELTIS-SIFIL is happy to announce its 7th National Conference on-

“Teaching Business Communication: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities”

With the corporate sector catering to global clientele, effective business communication has become the need of the hour. Successful careers in business require domain expertise plus excellent communication skills. Hence our business leaders and technology captains must be taught business communication as an essential skill. Teaching business communication is a niche area. Teachers of business communication have to achieve a subtle balance between teaching the basic language skills and incorporating important aspects of business communication. This involves adopting new teaching methodologies, approaches and techniques also.

The English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS) is happy to invite you to participate in its 7th National Conference. We have successfully conducted six national conferences that dealt with teaching of the English language skills. This year we have decided to focus on honing teachers’ skill to teach business communication.

This conference is intended to provide a platform for faculty, professionals, academics and policy makers to learn and understand the latest in the teaching of business communication. It will encompass fields like curriculum design and effective delivery with special emphasis on various teaching methodologies along with assessment and evaluation techniques.

The conference will surely motivate us to teach business communication in a more effective way to students who are on the threshold of becoming professionals.

The conference will comprise:


  1. A Keynote address
  2. Plenary sessions by renowned experts
  3. Plenary and Parallel workshops
  4. Parallel paper presentations
  5. A panel discussion

Main Theme:
“Teaching Business Communication: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities”
Tracks (Sub-Themes)

  1. Exploring emerging trends in the teaching of business communication
    1. Collaborative and blended approach to teaching business communication
    2. Using ICT and multi-media to teach business communication
  2. Strategies of teaching soft skills for better interpersonal relationships in business
    1. Role of soft skills in the business world
    2. Problems faced by working personnel due to ineffective soft skills
    3. Co-relation between soft skills and interpersonal relationships
    4. Methods and strategies to teach soft skills effectively
  3. Assessment criteria and evaluation techniques for business communication
    1. Analytical criteria to assess learner outcomes with special focus on ESL learners
    2. Parameters to evaluate business communication skills at workplace
  4. Building bridges: The role of cross-cultural sensitivity and diversity in business communication
    1. Cross-cultural awareness; a necessity in global business communication
    2. Teaching strategies to overcome cross-cultural barriers in business communication
  5. A practical approach to overcoming barriers to business communication
    1. What are the different types of barriers to communication and why do they occur?
    2. Solutions to minimise the barriers for effective business communication
    3. Innovative ways of teaching how to overcome barriers to business communication and their solutions
  6. The future of business communication: the role of electronic channels and social networking
    1. The role of social networking in business communication in the changing global business scenario
    2. Will social networking and electronic channels replace the existing channels/modes of business communication?
    3. Social media is bigger than ever and growing - social media is changing the way people interact, present ideas and information, and communicate
  7. The role of relevant vocabulary in business English
    1. How to enrich students’ vocabulary to make them ready for the global business scenario?
    2. Creative methods that teachers can explore to teach business vocabulary

Tracks for Workshops

  1. Developing business communication skills using authentic teaching materials
  2. Errors in business communication: how to overcome them?
  3. Developing business communication using innovative teaching techniques
  4. Business English for human resources: teaching effective resume writing and interview skills

You may conduct a workshop on or related to the above stated tracks.


For Whom?
This conference is meant for –

Teachers of English / Business Communication at –

  1. Senior Colleges
  2. Junior Colleges
  3. Business Management Institutes
  4. Engineering Colleges
  5. Hotel Management Institutes
  6. Aviation Institutes
  7. Mass Media & Journalism Colleges
  8. University Departments of English
  9. Govt. Polytechnics
  10. Corporates

Post-Graduate students of English / Linguistics / ELT / Journalism
A participant may present a paper or conduct a workshop or attend the conference as a delegate.


Paper Presentation
Papers can be presented on topics that can come under any of the 7 tracks (sub-themes). The papers must be original and based on your own ideas, practical experience and /or research.

Each presenter must personally present his/her paper on the day of the event.

Time allotted:


  1. 15 minutes for presentation
  2. 05 minutes for Q & A

Important Dates


  1. A. For Abstracts: Abstracts not exceeding 400 words should reach us latest by Saturday, December 10, 2016. Decision on the acceptance of the abstracts will be conveyed to the authors by Tuesday, December 20, 2016.
  2. B. Final Papers: Complete final papers (soft copy) not exceeding 3000 words should reach us by Friday, January 20, 2017.
  3. C. Last date of registration for participation only: Thursday, February 02, 2017.

Prescribed Formats
All abstracts and final papers must keep to the following prescribed format:
For abstracts --> click here
For complete papers --> click here
For workshop format --> click here
For registration form --> click here


Registration fees:

  1. For domestic participants: Rs.1600/- per participant (up to January 28, 2017). Registration fee after Saturday, January 28, 2017, Rs.1800/- per participant.
  2. For Foreign Nationals: US$50 per participant (up to January 28, 2017) Registration fee from Sun. Jan. 29’ 17: US$ 60 per participant.

Registration fee covers conference materials, three meals and light refreshments / tea / coffee during breaks between sessions.


Mode of payment: By RTGS/NEFT or by DD.

  1. RTGS / NEFT details :
    Bank details : Axis Bank, S.B. Road, Pune
    IFS Code : UTIB0000315
  2. For online payment http://eltis-symbiosis.org/online-payment.php DD in favour of ‘ELTIS, Symbiosis’.
  3. Please e-mail us the payment details on the very same day that you make the payment.

    Accommodation


    1. Decent accommodation is available (optional) at the cost of Rs. 900/- per person per night on twin sharing basis.
    2. For booking accommodation, please email to info@eltis-symbiosis.org
    3. The mode of payment will be the same as above.
    4. Accommodation will be confirmed only after we receive full payment by DD / swift / online.
    5. We can arrange a 2 or 3 star hotel accommodation, if a participant specifically mentions so. The cost (payable by the participant) depends upon the market rate and your preference/choice.

    In case you need any help with hotel accommodation, please feel free to contact Ms. Madhura Thakur, Assistant-Co-ordinator. Email: madhura.t@eltis-symbiosis.org


    Travelling to Pune

    By Air
    Pune airport is located at Lohegaon, about 12 kms from the heart of the city. Prepaid taxi and auto-rickshaws operate to and from the airport. You can also hire private taxi services like Ola/Uber. Regular direct flights are available to Pune from many cities in India like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Nagpur and Indore.


    By Rail
    Pune is an important railway junction in the Indian railway network. You can hire auto-rickshaws/taxis from the railway station to the venue. It is approximate 10 kms. from the station.

    By Road
    Pune is well connected with many major Indian cities by state-owned bus services. Private luxury buses also operate from Pune to many cities in India including Mumbai, Goa, Bengaluru, Indore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Hyderabad.

    Glimpse of the Past: 6th National Conference

    The English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS) held its sixth National conference on 05 and 06 February 2016. The theme of the conference was “Communication Plus: Empowering Language Learners through Effective Listening and Active Vocabulary”.

    Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the American Embassy, Delhi, Cambridge English Language Assessment and Oxford University Press (OUP) continued to be the conceptual co-sponsors of the event like every year. Eminent speakers from these offices made impressive presentations. In addition, scholars and linguists from different parts of the country contributed to the learning and sharing.

    H.E. Mr. Gonchig Ganbold, Ambassador, Embassy of Mongolia, New Delhi graced the inaugural function. The selected papers of 4th and 5th National conference papers were published at the gracious hands of the Ambassador. H.E. Mr. Abhinav Puri, Head of Mission and Consul General, Consulate of the Republic of Chad, New Delhi was the Special Guest of Honour. The presence of Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Founder and President of Symbiosis added value to the conference.

    The inaugural symposium lit bright with the presence of renowned experts. It struck the right chord for the conference. The conference had 120 participants from all over India, representing 32 cities in 11 states. In two days, 42 papers were presented and 8 interactive workshops were conducted. The workshops demonstrated experiential methodologies with ‘high interest’ content.

    Valedictory function was distinguished by the presence of the Chief Guest, H.E. Mr. Alexandre Cece Loua, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Guinea. He gave away the best paper awards. Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar shared her views on language learning experience. All the dignitaries quoted real life examples and mentioned the significance of listening and vocabulary.

    About ELTIS:
    The English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS) was established in 1972 by Dr. S. B. Mujumdar. ELTIS has been teaching English for 44 years to International Students from more than 50 countries. In 1980, ELTIS also started catering to the needs of Indian students through its Speakfast brand. ELTIS imparts excellent training in English Language Skills & Communication Skills with the aid of latest educational methods and techniques. Our mission is to help Indian and International students excel in the English Communication skills at international level to foster and promote international understanding. Diploma in Practical English and Life Skills (DPELS) is a unique one year part-time diploma programme under SIU. It is designed with a focus on building English communication abilities of Indian students and making them job-ready. It exposes them to general as well as business English and also gives them an opportunity to earn the prestigious certificate of the Cambridge English exam. ELTIS is also an authorised Training and Examination Centre for Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge, U.K. ELTIS conducts several co-curricular activities, workshops, movie screening and Saturday Speakers club to provide a platform for students to express themselves. Over the years, ELTIS has grown into a globally recognised institute.


    Best Paper Award

    A panel of experts will identify the best three papers presented at the Conference. Their decision will be final and binding. Awards will be announced on the last day of the Conference. The awards will be cash amounts of Rs.1500/- Rs.1200/- & Rs. 1000/- for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd positions respectively along with a merit certificate.

    This year we continue to have a separate category of best papers written by students. One best paper award of Rs.1000/- cash will be given.

    ELTIS TEAM

    Mr. Shirish Sahasrabudhe

    Director, ELTIS-SIFIL

    director@eltis-symbiosis.org

    Ms. Vaishali Jundre

    Dy. Director and Convenor

    dy.director@eltis-symbiosis.org

    Ms. Jayasree Menon

    Conference Co-ordinator

    jayasree.menon@eltis-symbiosis.org

    +91 9860082516

    Ms. Archana Bhagwat

    Team Member

    archana.bhagwat@eltis-symbiosis.org

    Ms. Apurva Joshi

    Team Member

    apurva.joshi@eltis-symbiosis.org

    +91 9657981485

    Ms. Sarah Waghmare

    Team Member

    sarah.waghmare@eltis-symbiosis.org

    +91 9158685607

    *Please note: Phone calls only during office hours (10.00 am to 06.00 pm).

    Members of the Advisory Committee:

    Dr. Z. N. Patil

    Dr. Shridhar Gokhale

    Ms. Vaishali Karmarkar

    Dr. Dharmendra Sheth

    Dr. Shirish Chindhade

    Dr. Madhuri Gokhale

    About Pune City

    Quick Facts about Pune:

    Pune is the 9th most populous city in India and the second largest in the state of Maharashtra after the state capital Mumbai. On the world map, Pune stands as the 101st largest city by population.  

    Pune is known by its many sobriquets, Oxford of the East, the Cultural Capital of Maharashtra, Punya Nagari, Punawadi, Queen of Deccan, Detroit of India, Student Capital of India, and Pensioner’s Paradise. All these titles contend for the true sense of Pune and its vibrancy. It is one of those rare cities with a twin image: that of a tradition-bound place, generally considered as the quintessence of Maharashtrian culture and that of a modern industrial metropolis. Pune is well known as an educational hub. Students come to this place from all over the world for the varied courses available.

    Pune boasts of pristine natural beauty combined with rapid industrial and educational development. It also presents a young and vibrant atmosphere that makes it a noteworthy travel destination. The attractions of the city and its surroundings are its forts, lakes, parks, myriad eating places and places for shopping. In the city, old architecture is interspersed with modern buildings. Our conference venue is in the heart of the city.

    Pune can be proud to be home to the plants/development centres of major corporates like WIPRO, Infosys, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Tata Motors, General Motors, Mahindra, Kirloskar, TCS, Accenture, Tech Mahindra, Persistent, Capgemini and many more….

    Do attend the conference and get a first-hand experience of Pune.


    Climate
    The city is blessed with a pleasant climate throughout the year. In the month of February, the temperature ranges between 20° Celsius (nights) and 28° Celsius (days).

    For further queries, please contact the following persons:

    1. Queries regarding Abstracts, Complete Papers:
    Ms. Jayasree Menon, Conference Co-ordinator
    Email: jayasree.menon@eltis-symbiosis.org, Cell: +91 9860082516
    or
    Ms. Apurva Joshi, Team member
    Email: apurva.joshi@eltis-symbiosis.org, Cell: +91 9657981485

    2. Queries regarding accommodation:
    Ms. Madhura Thakur, Assistant Co-ordinator
    Email: info@eltis-symbiosis.org or Email: madhura.t@eltis-symbiosis.org
    Tel- 91-20-25677431/2

    3. Queries regarding registration form and payment of fees:
    Mr. Avadhoot Joshi, Assistant Accountant
    Email: accounts@eltis-symbiosis.org, Tel. 91-20-25677431/2.