An Interview with Laxman Gnawali from darren elliott on Vimeo.

In February of this year I visited Kathmandu for the second time in my life, this time in a professional capacity, and had a great experience hosted by the good people of NELTA. Amongst them, Dr. Laxman Gnawali, who I present here. Dr. Gnawali has contributed a great deal to the success of NELTA over the last few years, helping it become a model for other national teaching associations. Nepal has its challenges, but I met many, many wonderful people who had gathered from across the country to share ideas and enthusiasm. My overwhelming impression from my visit was that of burgeoning self-confidence and pride in the achievements of the association and its members.

In this spirit, after the terrible earthquake of April 2015, I’d like to encourage you all to support NELTA and its affiliates in trying to help those who need it most. The Jai Nepal Youth Group is a group of Kathmandu University graduates and other professional volunteers who are working right now to get supplies out to neglected areas. One of the organisers, Umes Shrestha, was interviewed as IH scholar at the recent IATEFL conference in Manchester. NELTA itself is involved in relief work, and perhaps the best place to keep up to date with them is via Facebook. Other aid agencies are now on the ground and taking contributions.

There will be more to do after the dust has settled, so please continue to support Nepal and don’t let this story just fade away out of international sight.

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One Thought on “An Interview with Laxman Gnawali

  1. ashok kumar bk on May 19, 2015 at 10:12 pm said:

    i felt the interview was very informative and enlivening ! i would like to put forward some of my observations of the situations of english language in nepal: majority of the teachers of english at school are not sufficiently trained both academically and professionally. this is true for both private and public schools, with an exception of a handful of the centrally located elite schools. the teachers lack both in competence and performance. majority of them have poor collocation, traditionally nepali and awful pronunciation and very limited vocabulary. no updates on the latest trends and developments, no research based teaching are found in the practice of elt in nepal.the so called english medium schools falsely believe that their students are good enough at english. this is a very fatal complacency seen in education sector in nepal. english is being a thing of the classroom while its a thing of everyday life in the globalised world driven by technology. i wonder when the time will come to consider this a serious issue in nepali education system. we need a workforce with high degree of communicative intelligibility to play at the global level, and i believe this is possible only by improving their communicative competence in english. it should begin right from the very day of the schooling.
    may i request dr gnawali to resopond to some my queries below?:
    1.how teachers’ english can be raised to the standard level?
    2. how the status of english can be improved in both private and public school?

    i would truly appreciate ! thank you !

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