In the global world, classrooms are no longer insular or homogeneous. The ESL/EFL teachers are faced with the challenge of creating an inclusive learning environment for diverse learners. Ideas for inclusive practice abound in literature. However, these ideas need to be explored and assessed continually by teachers vis-à-vis the emergent situation of their classrooms. Teachers need a community for mutual constructive engagement that fosters such exploration and reflection. By organizing Confluence VI, Prof Anjali Patil-Gaikwad and her energetic team are providing a social space where teachers can share the very different issues and experiences they bring from their classrooms and enrich their perspectives in the ensuing dialogue on them.
I congratulate the organizing committee of Confluence VI and hope that the deliberations stimulate its participants to move beyond themselves and find generative means for strengthening their practice. My best wishes for an inspiring conference.
Dr. Tara Ratnam’s
National Representative (India)
International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching