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The growing importance of research at academic colleges of education can help teachers identify, conceptualize problems, activities and outcomes related to teaching and learning. Scholarly research is an effective medium for the knowledge -seekers to exchange their know-how.

The Research and Consultancy committee of the English Language Center at UTAS-Ibri hosted the second webinar titled Lecture Series 2: Writing the Review of Related Literature for Publication on Thursday, 11 November 2021 by Dr Maria Elena Paulma.

Dr Maria began her presentation with a succinct and pithy definition of the literature review. A literature review broadly includes guiding concepts, surveys, scholarly sources on a specific topic, an overview of current knowledge and gaps in existing research. 

She stated that a literature review equips the researcher information seeking ability and critical appraisal. She further added how organizing the thesis one is developing, summary, areas of controversy, and formulating questions that need further research help the researcher write a literature review.

Ms Maria concluded her presentation with a quick ready reckoner for RRL. The webinar proved to be a great channel to further research activities at the ELC.


Dr Maria Elena-Paulma has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She is a Palanca winner, which the Pulitzer Prize of the Philippines and was a fellow in the 2016 Fullbright Senior Scholar’s program. 

Tuesday, 16 November 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

“Happy hour” hosted by the English Language Center at UTAS- Ibri on 28.10.2021 entertained the ELC staff by making them indulge in fun-filled activities and kept them away from a typical work-day for a while. The hosts of the event, Ms Hind and Ms Maha Al Derai, subtly garnered the attention of the staff and the vibrant, positive vibes were contagious enough to encourage participation. The contours of the corridor greeted the teachers in all possible languages and the numbers started gradually swelling up.

 The audience enjoyed responding to funny questions, puzzles, questions on general knowledge, exciting visuals and a quick test to identify polyglots from the crowd. Teams were formed and prizes were announced amidst the cheering crowd and the team was “Zahra” was declared as the winner. Refreshments added glamour and meaning to the whole event.


Tuesday, 16 November 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

Educational leadership has gained immense popularity in the field of education. This is because of the widespread belief that the quality of leadership makes a significant difference to educational organizations and student outcomes. 

Ms Ayat Islam addressed the teachers of ELC on Educational Leadership on Thursday, November 14, 2021, and shared her views on how to improve and progress as school leaders and realize the difference between management and leadership. She also made the audience conversant with different strategies to gain an overview of one’s strengths and weaknesses and work on the areas of development. 

Ms Ayat stated that educational leadership and management has to be centrally concerned with the purpose or aims of education, and these goals provide the sense of direction to fortify school management. 

She was of the opinion that an individual’s role and attitude impact educational institutions at all levels. Hence it goes without saying that teachers should be adept at donning the hats of both the teacher and a manager. 

The audience could not agree more and the profound conviction of the speaker was impressive.


Ms Ayat Islam is a passionate educator with over twenty years of experience teaching English, educational leadership, and training teachers in Saudi Arabia.

She is a member of the international courses development team for Frisby International. The partnership enables learners to study the UK regulated qualifications from Saudi Arabia.

Monday, 15 November 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

While online classes provide students with more flexibility and novel ways to collaborate, success rate reflected in online environment is directly linked to the engaging levels of both the instructor and the students are in a virtual classroom. When students are engaged, they tend to show more interest and perform better. When relevant and interesting teaching materials keep virtual learners engaged, they tend to process it more deeply and retention rate becomes high.

The English Language center at UTAS-Ibri echoed the same by conducting a workshop titled Improving Student Participation in Online Classes on Thursday, 21.10.2021. The presenters Mr Tata Rao Mukiri and Mr Jabez Syam divided the session into two parts where two different types of platforms were introduced. The presenters engaged the audience and created a learning atmosphere. They also provided some useful tips them for both online and face-to-face teaching environment.

Profiles of the Presenters

Mr. T. Rao has been teaching English for the last 16 years. He has worked in KSA and has been working in IbriCT since 2012. He completed CELTA from Cambridge. 

Mr. Syam is into the field of ELT since 2004. He has pursued ELT courses including CELTA. He is interested in learning and teaching.

Monday, 08 November 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

Individual Performance Management is a strategic human resources practice intended to attain individual objectives to ensure value added contribution to the organisation's performance.

UTAS –Ibri has always been keen on a system that integrates attempts to improve the performance of UTAS-Ibri staff. Currently, it is all set to embrace IPMS (Individual performance Management System) as a tool to plan, monitor, evaluate and report on the performance of the UTAS-Ibri staff.

Ms Fatma Al-Manthari addressed the ELC and the Business Studies staff on 14.10.2021 and made them conversant with the new facets of IPMS. The presentation aimed at three prime objectives: to build a culture of quality performance, improve performance evaluation systems, and link productivity with initiatives. The audience received detailed guidance on how to link strategic objectives to key results. The IPMS exercise is the first of its kind in UTAS and is a pilot project. 

She stressed several steps that would evaluate the performance of the employee at regular intervals and phases. The major ones include the adherence to the objectives producing key results claimed. The timelines, productivity and feedback by the concerned authorities play a crucial role while apprising the performance. 

Ms Fatma also stated that the IPMS will be integrated into the system in the upcoming semester starting from January 2022. The teaching staff actively participated in a mock session that allowed the staff to brainstorm and list their objectives and key results.

The English Language Center at UTAS-Ibri took the lead in conducting a one-on-one session with the ELC lecturers. The marathon exercise was phased across four days starting from 17.10.2021 and it concluded successfully on 24.10.21. It gave immense clarity on how to align objectives with learning outcomes, graduate attributes and vision 2040.

On 18.10.2021, Ms Heba offered to share her views on drafting objectives and key results through a quick online session. 

The takeaway of the IPMS session was the readiness of the ELC teaching staff to share their objectives and the key results with the panel for feedback and further action. As a panel, Dr Abdulsalam Al Manthari, Dr Sultan Al Ghafri and Dr Maryam Al Ghafri handled the extensive process with poise and precision.


Wednesday, 03 November 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

A humane facet of interpersonal skills builds on basic communication skills and often reflects the "humanistic" attributes of individuals. These skills are crucial for all educators and learners as they are needed to succeed in their professional and personal life.  

 For all the enigma and euphoria surrounding them, interpersonal skills could be something as simple as initiating a conversation. It is all about the art of establishing a connection and nurturing it. It is also a refined skill of using facts and emotions during societal interactions. 

On Friday, Oct 15, 2021, Dr Mohsen Amiri and Dr Abdulsalam Al Manthari presented a paper at Sultan Qaboos University ELT Conference. 

 Dr Abdulsalam highlighted the impact of integrating interpersonal skills with academics for the holistic development of the student. He reiterated that teachers play a crucial role in moulding the personality of the students. However, he quickly added that interpersonal skills could be developed but cannot be learned solely from a textbook. A subtle mention of acquiring worldly wisdom through observing the mundane and academic world was thought-provoking.

The presenters shared many interesting views and one that caught the attention of the audience was, "Personalities are not born; they are forged." It is a process that requires time and diligent efforts. " (Kathrina Geukes). 

Dr Abdulsalam and Dr Mohsen linked interpersonal skills with some organised sessions on Personality Development and Interpersonal Skills for UTAS Ibri students. Based on the current research, the personality development sessions had a significant impact on the academic and personal performance of the participants. The presentation convinced the audience to integrate personality development modules with the curriculum for a holistic and robust disposition of students.

The presenters concluded on a practical note that students should possess good interpersonal skills and their GPA scores to fare well in the interviews.


Wednesday, 03 November 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

"Facts alone may be easily forgotten; give them a story they'll never forget," says Eva Grayzel, a master storyteller with a profound conviction that comes from her varied experience. She plunges into the hearts of her audience with hope and humour.

An online presentation by Ms Eva Grayzel on Storytelling in Education: Interactive Storytelling Techniques for All Learning Styles on Thursday October 7, 2021 at UTAS-Ibri, convinced the audience to choose storytelling as one of the prime strategies to engage their students productively.

Ms Eva Grayzel, a master storyteller and motivational speaker, urged her audience to invest in storytelling to churn out the best from students. She persuaded her audience to use storytelling techniques to boost self-esteem, enhance retention, and ignite students' imagination. Active involvement in storytelling sessions to deliver messages on goals/values/facts/and messages will help them to develop a robust personality. She also suggested that teachers customize stories and help students to get connected. She introduced storytelling as one of the prime strategies that open the door for all learning styles. 

She recommended storytelling as a technique to achieve multi-sensory learning, discover how to introduce new subjects, teach vocabulary words, reinforce social skills and emphasize life values while engaging imaginations and minds.

Eva's blend of storytelling and real-life experience kept the audience riveted.

Presenter's Profile:

Ms Eva Grayzel is a popular storyteller and a motivational speaker. She was also pursuing a career as an actress in New York City. Eva's interactive storytelling techniques were seen nationwide at school assembly programs, educational keynotes at Professional Day conferences and Teacher-In-Service programs.


Thursday, 14 October 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

The English Language centre at UTAS-Ibri started its new academic year (2021) by taking another step towards seeking knowledge and empowering themselves as educators. The title of the presentation SDLT: A Stepping Stone Towards Knowledge Society-Unleashing Leadership Early on. 

Dr Al Dossari stressed building a knowledge-based community that included five essential components: Self-Directedness, Mentoring and Facilitating, Community of Commitment, learning, reflecting and evaluating and project-based learning. He underlined the significance of integrating moral and ethical anchors with the knowledge-based community and lay a path for coming generations. He also shared his views on meeting the Human Resource Development challenges and persistently impressed the audience upon continual learning and self-development. He further added that learning emphasizing reflection and teamwork.

Self-Directed Learning Teams was another significant aspect of his presentation. Through this process, he wanted individuals to take the initiative to diagnose their learning needs, formulate their learning goals, identify human and material resources for learning, choose appropriate learning strategies and evaluate learning outcomes. His recommendation was based on his experience and profound belief that this approach prepares individuals for learning community and organizations.

The presentation ended with providing new information for the audience to think over and ponder.


Dr Khalid I. Al Dossari is the Former Professional Learning Head/Administrator, Professional Development and Training Development in Saudi ARAMCO. He has a Masters in TESOL from-State University of New York at Albany, High Diploma (M.Ed) in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration with HRD concentration from Lahaye University. He is a certified trainer in Dialogue and Cross-Cultural Communication by King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue in Riyadh and has 53 publications and workshops in his outstanding record.

Sunday, 26 September 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

The UTAS ELC, in collaboration with the Department of English and Post Graduate Centre, hosted by Poona College of Arts, Science and Commerce, organized an International Webinar on ‘Personality Development and Interpersonal Skills’ on 10 July 2021. Dr Mohsen Amiri was the speaker of the webinar. More than 800 participants from 25 countries registered for the webinar. Mr. Moinuddin Khan, Vice-Principal of Arts Faculty welcomed the participants from all over the world. The head of the Department of English and Postgraduate Center presented the themes of the webinar. Dr Aftab Anwar Shaikh, Principal of Poona College of Arts, Science and Commerce delivered the inaugural address and officially inaugurated the International Webinar.

In the webinar, Dr Mohsen urged the importance of interpersonal skills for both teachers and students during the pandemic where interactions have become one of the challenges in teaching and learning. He discussed top techniques of possessing interpersonal skills and a magnetic personality in the job market and social life. The webinar received excellent feedback.

Thursday, 16 September 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

Dr Lin Siew Fong shared her recollections and insights gained during her three decades of teaching career and research at  a webinar hosted by the English Language centre, June 17, 2021 at UTAS-Ibri. The vivid descriptions of her experiences related to research, professional development and personal development were rich takeaways for many. In addition, she elaborated her ethical stance as a researcher and hoped that the information shared will encourage other teacher-researchers to become optimistic and positive and to have rich experiences throughout their professional and personal journeys.

Dr Lin Siew Fong received her Ph.D. from University of Malaya, Malaysia. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Studies, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Malaysia. She is presently teaching liberal arts, education courses, English for Proficiency courses and English for Specific (ESP) courses at tertiary level. Her research interests are primarily focussed upon teacher education, classroom management, teaching methodology and material and curriculum development.

Monday, 12 July 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC