ELC (185)

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

The English Language Centre and the Business Studies Department recently organised training on creating research material that abides with the regulations for online research, avoiding plagiarism and ensuring information consulted is appropriately referenced. The course was delivered by Mr Andries Oberholzer, a lecturer from the ELC, UTAS Ibri. 

The online session took place on Thursday, 5 November 2020 and was attended by a number of students as well as lecturers from the Business Studies Department. Due to the need to elaborate further on the training provided, it was decided that future demonstrations would be made available to students as pre-recorded video. The topics to be covered are: 

  • Paraphrasing content taken from online sources or books so that the message of the original writer is maintained, but is rewritten in the student’s own words;
  • Exercises in paraphrasing, based on the Level 4 Project and Presentation course, were covered to explain to students how to take text and rephrase it using a number of methods, such as using synonyms; changing from the first to the third person; changing from direct to reported speech; and changing the word order in sentences.

After this, the next phase is to demonstrate to students how proper referencing is done in MS Word, using its built-in functionality. The Harvard referencing style is used, and students are shown step by step how to insert a reference based on the type of source (online article, journal, book, and so on). The inserted citation is then automatically converted to a bibliography list. To date, five recordings have been made and are ready to be made available to students.

Overall, training of this type is vital so that we can move away from a manual system of compiling information and rely on technology to assist and perform mundane tasks for us. This reduces human errors and allows work done by students to conform with international standards.

Monday, 07 December 2020 00:00 Written by in ELC

The Students’ Activities Committee has successfully conducted three Writing Workshops, covering general academic writing principals, email writing and paragraph structures for three different levels of Foundation Program. The aim of the workshops was to prepare students for the Progress Test exams. 

For each workshop, more than 70 students participated. The following distinguished teachers contributed in the workshops.

  • Level 1: Dr Mohsen (Thursday 19 Nov at 20:00 p.m)
  • Level 2: Ms Marriet and Dr Mohsen (18 Nov at 20:00 p.m)
  • Level 4: Ms Sandra (Thursday 19 Nov at 18:00 p.m) 

The committee would like to appreciate Ms Samah  Alghafri ( Head of English Society/ Tutor) and Ms Maryam Humaid Algharibi (Designer, Tutor of English Society) for their outstanding efforts in teaching students in the Peer Tutoring Program. 


Tuesday, 01 December 2020 00:00 Written by in ELC

The Professional Development and E-Learning Committees of English Language Center, UTAS, Ibri, organized an online workshop on Thursday 22 October 2020 on “Online Error Correction Techniques” which was conducted by Ms. Somiai El Naggar (Egypt). Ms. El Naggar is an English Teacher Assistant at Canadian International College COE & Founder of Be a Bee Company for teacher training and English Courses. RELO Mentor Trainer, TESOL and IELTS Holders from London Teacher Training College. The online workshop started with a brief introduction of some error correction techniques, differences between errors and mistakes, some issues learners might face with, interesting and motivating questions in the chat box, etc.  Somiai practically showed to the audience the different techniques that teachers should follow in order to give feedback like taking advantage of body language, gestures, hints, etc. She added to that, the various technological tools that can be adopted to deliver online feedback The session was appreciated by international participants from Egypt, Nepal, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Oman, Iran, USA, etc. Towards the end of the online workshop, Dr Abdusalam, the Head of Centre, and Mr Faisal Shamali thanked Somiai for sharing her experiences.

Sunday, 25 October 2020 00:00 Written by in ELC