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The professional development Committee of The English Language Centre at the UTAS-Ibri, hosted a webinar on Deconstructing Media and Decentering Perspectives: Teaching Media Literacy in the EAP Classroom.

The speaker, Professor Anastasia Jean, shared perspectives on teaching media literacy in the EAP classroom.

Professor Anastasia Khawaja (she/her) is an ESL senior instructor at INTO USF and an adjunct professor in the humanities and English departments at The University of South Florida. Her research engages with global peace education and breaks the binary understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict by exploring language use and language representation.

Professor Anastasia Jean made the audience conversant with different teaching media literacy methods for EAP (English for Academic Purposes) students. Her talk underlined the techniques of challenging students to deconstruct various media pieces from all over the world. She also explained how practicing this deconstruction can also help to decenter one side of a story and encourage students to understand multiple perspectives from intellectual and cultural standpoints.

She emphasized that the approaches mentioned are helpful in classrooms with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Prof Anastasia’s talk was novel and was a new platform for the interested. Her interaction with the audience was fruitful, engaging and brought many new aspects of media literacy to limelight.

The English Language Centre thanked Prof Anastasia for her commendable efforts for her interesting talk.

Sunday, 21 February 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

The English Language Centre at the UTAS-Ibri hosted a webinar titled, What About Writing?, on  January, 26, 2021.  Professor Stephen Krashen shared many interesting views from “ Secrets of Writing,” a paper published in Research in Language and Education: An International Journal (RiLE).

Prof Krashen has published 540 articles on a wide range of topics related to language acquisition, neurolinguistics and bilingual education. He is the most frequently cited scholar in the field of language education. Many of his publications are available for free download at sd.krashen.com and some of them are posted on ResearchGate. He is best known for the Comprehension Hypothesis, which states that one cannot acquire language by speaking or writing or by studying grammar rules but by comprehensible input, that is, through listening and reading.

He shared various secrets of writing with the language teachers. He confessed that he owes the wisdom he retains, to the great writers like Peter Elbow, Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Simon, Ernest Hemingway, Irving Wallace, Robert Boice and many others. He expressed his interest in sharing his wisdom with a profound belief that it will contribute to the knowledge base in Research in Language and Education.

Some of his research-based observations like more writing will not result in better writing form; writing form results from reading, writing can help us solve problems and make us smarter revision is the core of “the composing process;” recognizing that something is wrong is the invitation to revision and progress. Encourage incubation. : Daily regular writing, which means daily regular blocks and progress, made the audience ponder their teaching styles and methods.

The speaker believed that those who read more, write better, spell better, have larger vocabularies, better grammar and more acceptable writing style. He was of the profound belief that writing made people smarter and mentioned that revising should be given utmost importance as it forms the core of the composing process.

He highlighted the importance of encouraging incubation and was in line with Wallas and Poincare that incubation requires “ the working of the subconscious mind” and explained how creativity results from engaging in the composing process and progress.  He labelled the different phases as: write, block, break/incubate/dissolve block, and then write some more and run into more blocks.

Prof.Krashen concluded with a thought-provoking observation that stated that the “regular” aspect of daily writing is a good writer's secret. He responded to many interesting queries and appreciated the interest showed by the audience.

The ELC staff was thankful to Professor Krashen for introducing them to the secrets of writing and were expressed their interest in knowing more.

The ELC head of Centre appreciated the efforts of Professional Development Committee for organizing the event that had many takaways for the ELC staff.

Thursday, 11 February 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

Professionals with commendable language skills are always sought after. The clarity in communication at the workplace is an essential prerequisite for the smooth functioning of a system. 

The English Language Center of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences – Ibri, conducted a five-day English language training programme titled 'English for Workplace,' for UTAS-Ibri professionals. A five-member team volunteered to offer English language training from January 3, 2021, to January 7, 2021.

Dr. Mohssen Amiri, Ms. Heba Gul Qureshi, Ms. Maria Saleem, Ms. Anuradha and Mr. Dennis Primne Corbita conducted two-hour online sessions on speaking and writing skills. The focus was on formal communication, email netiquette, formal and informal vocabulary development and report-writing skills. The programme was well received and much appreciated. The sessions generated interest among the participants and there were requests for similar courses.

The head of the English Language Centre, Dr. Abdulsalam Maktoum Ali Al Manthari, awarded certificates to the presenters and participants and lauded the efforts of the team.

Monday, 01 February 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

Academic research is concerned with abstracting from explicit problems and contexts to develop generally applicable theories that help us understand the world. The focus of academic research is often concerned with broad-based questions, which provide solutions to various situations and contexts. Academic researchers reflect on the inferences of innovations to refine knowledge that will stand the test of time and apply to various situations.

 As an initiative to encourage academic research, the English Language Centre Research and Consultancy Committee at the UTAS-Ibri organized a webinar on Thursday, January 7, 2021, titled 'Writing High-quality Research Proposals.' The webinar covered a discussion on the fundamental considerations in writing a research proposal, including its purpose and the elements.

Dr. Lyzyl Lopez-Banuag shared her views on three objectives: identifying a researchable area in the field aligned to English Language Teaching, critically analyzing the elements of a high-quality research proposal and studying the criteria and standards for writing a high-quality research proposal.

A rich exchange of technical know-how on the essential elements of high-quality research proposals such as: writing the introduction and rationale, literature review, research questions, scope and limitations, and the research methodology was thought-provoking and sparked interest in the audience.

Dr. Lyzyl Lopez-Banuag is the Head of the Center for Teaching and Learning of Philippine Normal University in Mindanao. She is also a faculty of the Graduate Studies and Teacher Education Research in PNU-M. Her passion for research is evident in the number of conferences where she shared her studies in the Philippines and abroad. 

The ELC Research and Consultancy Committee awarded Dr. Lyzyl Lopez-Banuag a certificate of appreciation and acknowledged her efforts.

Sunday, 24 January 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

Research skills enable people to identify a problem, collect informational resources that can help address the problem, evaluate these resources for quality and relevance and develop practical solutions.

The ELC Research and Consultancy Committee conducted a webinar on January 7, 2021, titled Importance of Research and Research Projects: An overview. 

The English Language Centre faculty Dr. Priya M.V and Mr. Jabez Syam shared the presentation during the webinar.

Dr. Priya underlined the significance and role of research in academics and society at large. She emphasized the twin roles of academics at universities: teach and research. She listed the themes identified for research: English Language Teaching, Linguistics, Translation Studies and pedagogy during the presentation. She also highlighted that the teaching commmunity should take the lead to encourage students to be research-oriented and create awareness among the undergraduate students.

Mr.Jabez introduced the audience to the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation(MoHERI)) and shared the procedures and themes to research on, to be eligible for RG and URG. He explained how the Research Grant Program encourages amateur and seasoned researchers to develop research proposals that edge the knowledge-based economy from various dimensions. He also stressed the role of faculty mentors in shaping the potential students' research-based careers.

He also provided details about the funded projects and stated that the project's total budget was capped at OMR 1500 and mentioned that it should not exceed one academic year.

The ELC Research and Consultancy Committee awarded Dr. Priya and Mr. Jabez Syam certificates of appreciation and lauded their efforts for conducting an informative webinar.


Sunday, 24 January 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

The outbreak of COVID 19 has affected all walks of life. It has also changed our educational system altogether. Today, we have moved to the virtual classrooms. Education is now more student oriented. On 6th January, 2021, Yomna ElHossary in a webinar discussed how she has tried a new way of delivering linguistic content to her students, and how she made it more engaging and enjoyable. She did this with the help of presentations, projects and even integrating social media platforms like TikTok. 

Yomna ElHossary is an instructor of Linguistics at Applied Language Programme, in Alexandria University. She has attended pre-doctoral training in Applied Linguistics and SLT at Trinity College, Dublin. She is a PhD researcher in Computational Linguistics. She has a number of publications in the field of Applied Linguistics.

Towards the end of the webinar, Dr Abdusalam, the Head of Center, and Mr Faisal Shamali expressed words of gratitude and thanked Yomna ElHossary for sharing her experiences.

Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

Dr. Ethel Reyes-Chua is presently the Dean of Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite, Philippines, School of Education and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Director. In the teaching and learning process, she enjoys undertaking action research including motivational methods in teaching, reflective teaching, professional development, and other practices. She organizes and runs national and international academic workshops and conferences. Dr. Chua loves discussing her research work.

On 6th January 2021, she in a webinar discussed different Online Teaching Resources (OTRs) that will facilitate the teaching and learning process.  These OTRs are categorized in these formats: (1) As Learning Management System (2) Assessment Method; and (3) Survey to motivate students in virtual learning environment.  Some of these OTRs are open resources and are free of charge.  

At the end of the webinar, Dr Abdusalam, the Head of Center, and Mr Faisal Shamali expressed words of gratitude and appreciated Dr. Ethel Reyes-Chua for sharing her experiences.

Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00 Written by in ELC

The COVID-19 has changed life everywhere in the world; we are not the same world as we were before it. It has shocked the mankind in general and took by surprise the teachers in particular; we, the teachers, are wondering how to make our remote teaching practically interactive and interesting; we are wondering how to empower ourselves and our learners with the existing online tools. André Hedlund addressed this issue in “Online Tools and Science of Learning” organized by SPD Committee, English Language Centre, University of Technology and Applied Sciences,  Ibri. 

The guest speaker is a Chevening Alumnus, MSc in Psychology of Education from the University of Bristol, and an Edify Bilingual Program Mentor for SPOT Educação. He is also a representative of BRAZ-TESOL's Mind, Brain, and Education Special Interest Group (MBE SIG) and a guest lecturer in postgraduate courses on Multilingualism, Global Education, and Neuroscience. His blog (edcrocks.com) has been accessed more than 40 thousand times by people from more than 160 countries. He uses Instagram (@edcrocks) to host monthly lives about how neuroscience and psychology can be applied in the classroom and interviews teachers from all over the world.The speaker revisited the concept of innovation.He talked about addressing the digital gap, and discussed how we can integrate user-friendly online tools with six easy-to-implement practices recommended by the Science of Learning (SoL). Towards the end of the workshop, DrAbdusalam, the head of Center, and Mr Faisal Shamali thanked André Hedlundfor sharing his experiences.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 00:00 Written by in ELC

According to the UTAS H&S Protocol, the English Language Center (UTAS-Ibri) organized an orientation session for the foundation year students on Thursday, December 17th 2020, in order to raise the students' awareness to mitigate Covid-19 during sitting for Semester one LEE (2020/2021). The session was decided after a series of Health and Safety meetings with the Dean of UTAS-Ibri, Dr. Hamdan Al Manthari, Dean Assistants and the representatives of departments, centers and respective committees. And then, the foundation year students were invited to attend the awareness session on MS Teams. The invitation and Health and Safety Guidelines were sent by email to the university staff and students, and published on the university social media accounts.

The online meeting was attended by the Dean, Dean Assistants, the representatives of departments, centers and committees and seventy-four students who represented the foundation year students. The meeting was an awareness session on the significance of adhering to the health and safety protocols and guidelines while existing on the university campus for the final exams. Then, a community discussion started, in which the students frankly expressed their suggestions and inquiries. The Head of ELC, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Manthari, and the Head of Section, Dr. Sultan Al Ghafri, received and discussed all the students' suggestions, and replied to all their inquiries. At the end of the meeting, the students were encouraged to email any further questions to the HoC and HoS.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 00:00 Written by in ELC

In the ELC H&S Committee pursuit to raise awareness among the ELC staff and as per instructed, a H&S awareness session was held on Tuesday, December 15th 2020. The committee requested permission from the  HoC, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Manthari, to conduct the session. The permission was granted and the committee initiated arrangements for the online session. The committee coordinated with the HoSs and other committees in order to avoid any meeting conflict. After that, Mr. Sulaiman prepared the PowerPoint presentation and feedback questionnaire following the acknowledged norms of writing and referencing. He also scheduled the meeting on MS Teams platform.

On the respective day, Mr. Sulaiman started his presentation on time. The presentation reflected the purpose of the awareness session, displaying the Covid-19 safety measures at the ELC and raising awareness among the ELC staff in order to raise their readiness for the upcoming final exams of semester one (2020/2021). At the end of the session, Mr. Sulaiman sent the link of the feedback questionnaire in the meeting chat box. 

With reference to the results of the feedback questionnaire, Mr. Sulaiman delivered a very clear presentation in terms of presentation overview and concepts. All the respondents to the questionnaire appreciated his attitude and interaction with the audience. They also indicated their ability to smoothly congest the concepts presented. Finally, Mr. Sulaiman was awarded a certificate of appreciation for his valuable contribution as a presenter and an active H&S Committee member.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 00:00 Written by in ELC