Macmillan Education at the World Book Fair 2017
News - February 2017
New Delhi:The World Book Fair is an annual event held in January of every year in New Delhi, India. Touted as the largest such event in Asia, it is an important event for publishers in India - being the third biggest market for English publications with almost 12,000 publishers that publish around 90,000 titles a year in more than 18 languages.
Macmillan Education participated in the World Book Fair 2017 (7th – 15th January, 2017), as a part of the Springer Nature group with a display of their academic textbooks and digital resources. Teachers and young learners visit the fair to explore new developments in publishing and participate in the various activities.
The Springer Nature stall had the theme of Discover, Learn and Achieve and the materials on display ranged from Pre-primary books to Research journals. Macmillan Education conducted VAK activities at its’ stall which helped to identify individual learning styles – Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic. The activities included origami and string games with instructions and were a hit with adults and children alike.
On Sunday, 8th January, a storytelling session was conducted by Simi Srivastava on “Creating Magic of Reading Through Stories”. The session was jam-packed with children and teachers enthusiastically participating in “A Bear Hunt”. The session highlighted the use of storytelling as a pedagogical tool for classrooms along with the resources Macmillan Education has come up with to make in classroom teaching a pleasurable and inclusive experience for teachers and students.
The Language Learning division of Macmillan also hosted a Panel discussion on “English as an Employability skill” on Thursday, 12th January. The Panellists comprised eminent academicians, education experts and industry members – Prof. Rajneesh Arora, Director, EFLU, Lucknow; Mr Rohit Bhatia, Managing Director, Aspire; Prof. Anu Shukla, Chairperson, Department of English, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa; Mr Sushant Rabra, Director, Management Consulting, KPMG; Dr Mukti Sanyal, Acting Principal, Bharati College, University of Delhi (DU); and Dr Madhumita Chakraborty, Assistant Professor, Zakir Hussain Delhi College (Evening), DU.
Given the fact that English is now the language for global business, an increasing number of companies see value in candidates possessing command over English Language. In the words of one of the Panellists, “English is neither a sufficiency nor a mandate for a job, however, we should be carry it like an arrow in the quiver.”
Academicians on the Panel discussed challenges faced while developing employability skills in heterogeneous classrooms. There was consensus amongst the panel, that employability of a candidate is dependent on his attitude, knowledge and skills. The position of English in a multilingual nation, India, was discussed and it was observed that most students were confident in communicating in their mother tongue or in Hindi but were hesitant when communicating in English. The Panellists concurred that a change in attitude could help candidates improve their language skills and boost their employability quotient.