CHENNAI: Teachers will have to open up to more strategies and expose the student to more resources as the learning environment has changed drastically over the years and knowledge is available even on a small cellphone, experts say.

 Speakers at the inaugural session of the international conference on '21st Century Learners - Learning Styles and Strategies' at SRM University on Thursday said that access to knowledge had brought a big change in learners because they could choose what they wanted to learn.

 "Learners, with a capital 'L' will dominate what they learn," said Chris Brandwood, first secretary, English Language Education, British Council, New Delhi.

 Addressing a gathering of English language teachers and teacher educators, he said, "Teachers have to move away from lectures and rote learning to tutorial interaction."

 In many parts of the world, children are exposed to flip teaching, where children watch lectures online and interactions are conducted in class.

 "Lifelong learning is going to be critical for success," said Diane Millar, regional English language officer of the US embassy in New Delhi. 'You can no longer stop being a student and become a professor. Teachers must be lifelong learners," she added.

 The conference, organized by SRM University's department of English and foreign languages and the English Language Teachers Association of India, is expected to be a platform to initiate discussion on learning styles and strategies and to evolve appropriate teaching materials and methods, classroom practices and evaluation.

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