Designing a Framework for Localized Materials for ELT Learners : A Case Study from Pakistan

Shikarpur, November 23, 2023 – In a collaborative effort with Englishers International Turkey, the 1st International Multidisciplinary Conference on Language, Culture, and Educational Revival took place at Shaikh Ayaz University in Shikarpur on November 23-24, 2023. The event saw active participation from 14 universities, both domestic and international, with attendees serving as invited speakers, paper presenters, and participants.
The inaugural ceremony, hosted by Ms. Chahat Batool and Ms. Sana Bugti, commenced with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Dr. Muhammad Ali Shaikh, followed by the National Anthem of Pakistan. Conference Chair Prof. Dr. Mehmood Ul Hassan extended a warm welcome to esteemed Guests of Honor, Invited Speakers, and participants.
The first invited speaker, Prof. Dr. Mohan from Universiti Utara Malaysia, addressed the conference online, introducing the SUBMARINE Teaching Model for classroom practices. He highlighted the model’s potential impact on students’ critical thinking skills and its role in educational revival.
Subsequent discussions delved into critical topics, such as Prof. Dr. Saiqa Imtiaz from BZU Multan exploring regional languages of Pakistan from a sociolinguistic perspective. She emphasized key areas for future work on local languages to contribute the educational revival in Pakistan.
Prof. Dr. Liaqat Channa from Balochistan University of Engineering & Information Technology, Quetta, presented research findings on gender representation disparities in grade 1-5 English textbooks of Sindh. His study revealed a significant under-representation of females, contributing to a lag in women’s literacy rates.
Dr. Muntazar Mehdi from NUML University highlighted key issues related to the revival of Shikarpur University’s educational glory through language and cultural revitalization.
Expressing gratitude to conference participants, guests, and invited speakers, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. G. Raza Bhutti emphasized the primary objective of the international conference to take the initial steps toward the revival of Shikarpur city’s educational glory. Reflecting on Shikarpur’s historical significance as the “little Paris of Sindh,” he underscored the city’s past hospitality to people of different languages, cultures, and civilizations.
Prof. Dr. G. Raza Bhutti revealed that contributing to this educational revival had been his soul purpose from day one, acknowledging the continuous hard work of faculty members. He particularly commended the Head of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Saqib Wahab, along with Mr. Bakhtiar (Addl. Registrar), Mr. Muhammad Aslam (Director Student Affairs), Heads of Departments, students, and conference participants. Prof. Dr. G. Raza Bhutti concluded by stating that such events would not only rejuvenate the university’s faculty and students but also contribute to restoring the educational glory of Shikarpur city.
It sounds like a significant and diverse academic event with multiple parallel sessions covering various topics. The presence of distinguished figures such as Pro Vice-chancellor Prof. Dr. Azhar Ali Shah, Keynote speaker Dr. Muhammad Ajmal, and other coordinators and chairs adds prestige to the occasion.
In Hall-1, the focus appears to be on meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Echolinguistic analysis, with Dr. Muhammad Ajmal sharing his research on a novel authored by Fatima Bhutto. Subsequently, researchers from Islamia University Bahawalpur and Khawaja Farid University Rahimyar Khan presented their research papers.
Hall-2, chaired by Malik Allah Dad Coordinator from Englishers Turkey, seems to have featured presentations from Begum Nusrat Bhutto Women University Sukkur. This suggests a global and collaborative aspect to the conference, incorporating international perspectives.
Hall-3, chaired by Dr. Noman Soomro from SZABIST, Karachi, and Dr. G.M. Mangnijo from SAUS, appears to have hosted presentations from 24 BS students from the Department of Business Administration at SAUS, showcasing their final year research projects. This highlights the inclusion of student contributions and their engagement in research activities.
Overall, the event seems to have provided a platform for a wide range of researchers, academics, and students to share and discuss their work, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange across different institutions and disciplines.