On 31st January 2019 the ELC Staff Professional Development Committee organized a training workshop entitled ‘How to Use ProQuest Effectively’ for its staff members to enhance their research activity and teaching methods.
The purpose of this training workshop was to create awareness among the ELC staff on ProQuest, its applications and how its resources support in research and learning. The training session was aimed at encouraging teachers to include ProQuest in their teaching methods so the students’ learning process can be more practical, innovative, and engaging.
Mr. Abdullah Al Shukeily, the Head of ETC, conducted the training workshop wherein he introduced the staff members to ‘ProQuest’ and its uses. Later he demonstrated the steps involved in registering oneself as a member and the subsequent process on how it can be included into one’s research and learning. He also demonstrated: how to register the students on ProQuest and utilize its applications effectively in their learning.
He urged the ELC staff to encourage their students to register and start using various applications on ProQuest and make their learning more practical and resourceful. It was very beneficial for the targeted audience so that they can indeed help their students, in learning and teaching and learning process. At the end, Dr. Sultan Al- Ghafri, the Head of ELP Section handed over the certificate to the presenter.
The ELC Staff Professional Development Committee organized a workshop on Tuesday 28 May 2019 in the VIP room by Ms. Rahma AlAlawi, the ELC Quality Assurance Coordinator on “Enhancement of Quality Culture at the College” as part of Quality Assurance Awareness Sessions. Ms. Rahma addressed many points regarding how ELC lecturers can relate their daily work with Quality Assurance and ADRI Cycle (Approach, Deployment, Results, Improvement) and how well ELC lecturers are aware of their roles and responsibilities as per College By-Laws. She also emphasized on the importance of documenting the work in a proper format. Ms. Rahma concluded the session by showing the staff how to upload files and folders in the ELC SharePoint. At the end, Mr. Basim Al Mushaifri, the head of ELC, handed over the certificate to the presenter.
The ELC Staff Professional Development Committee organized a training workshop by Dir. Victoria Tuzlukova (SQU) on “General Education Principles and Standards: How Can We Better Handle Differences in the English Language Classroom?” on Tuesday 22 January 2019 in the VIP room. Dr. Victoria addressed the needs to handle differences in the English language classroom. The development of student skill set is one of the perspectives that is of a significant value in the context of tertiary education in Oman. However, this is a very challenging perspective, especially when it comes to curriculum design and implementation in the foundation program English language classroom. How then the curriculum should be developed? What are the appropriate methods and approaches to keep on top of? What are the ways of doing things that work for us and our students? In addition to inquiring about these issues, the workshop engaged the audience into a search for meaningful solutions based on recommendations of the workshop facilitator and participants’ observations to address successful curriculum and syllabus design that involves principles and standards of general education. At the end, Mr. Basim, the Head of the ELC, handed over the certificate and token to the presenter.
The ELC Staff Professional Development committee, IBRICT organized a training workshop on Tuesday May 7, 2019 at 10:00 am in Room A 203 by Dr Aleksander Sawko. The title of the workshop was " From Perception to Application: English Proverbs in Language Teaching" It was about using proverbs as an effective way of teaching English. Why proverbs? They are concise, easy to remember and reflect national specificity. As a product of social experience, collective wisdom English proverbs can be used to facilitate in gaining not only a language competence but also in spreading the cultural knowledge. Mr. Basim Al Mushaifri (Head of ELC) as a token of appreciation, handed over the certificate to Dr Aleksander.
Professional Development is a continual process and crucial part of an educator’s life. How many of us truly understand and know what it takes to be a professional? This may sound easy and a subject that is widely discussed but sadly, 7/10 teachers in the Middle East do not actually know what is professionalism and how to achieve their goals efficiently. A training workshop titled “ The Essence of Professional Development” was conducted on 25.12.2018 at Ibri college of Technology and it was an initiative of Professional Development Committee of The English Language Centre. The presenter, Ms Fatmah A. Ali, (Vice-President of MEET-ATIS) discussed the core differences between a teacher and an educator along with the PD cycle, differences between traditional PD and visionary PD. She also threw light on strategies to enhance professionalism and myths associated with it. SWOT analysis was also a significant part of the workshop. The presenter shared some interesting tips with the teachers to encourage them to become true professionals.
The English Language Centre, IbriCT, hosted the 5th English Language Teaching Professional Development Workshop with a thought provoking theme “Strategies for Encouraging, Engaging and Educating Students(SEES-2)” on April 17, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Ibri College of Technology.
The event commenced with a video of 2018 events. The welcome speech from Dr. Sultan Al- Ghafri, the Head of the ELC sections, extended a warm welcome to the guests, presenters and participants from various colleges and universities in the Sultanate of Oman and abroad. He stated that the English Language Centre at IbriCT has always been an active platform in providing opportunities to English language teacher, practitioners and trainees to share their expertise and motivate students to enhance their English language skills. Dr. Al Ghafri also assured that the ELC at IbriCT would continue to inspire and provide support to those who want to be part of a knowledge seeking and sharing society.
Dr Hamdan Al Manthari, Dean of IbriCT, heads of the centers and heads of departments graced the occasion.
Dr.Halima Benzoukh, associate professor from Kasdi Merbah University, Algeria, was the plenary speaker and her talk focused on “Musicality of Teaching English as a Foreign Language.” She mentioned that finding out strategies to push their learners forward in the learning process, should be the focus of teachers.
As the second plenary speaker, Dr Hashil Al – Saadi, lecturer at the Center for Preparatory Studies at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), gave an interesting talk on “Student Engagement in the learning process” which emphasized on the significance of effective learning.
Lecturers from different universities and colleges shared their expertise through poster presentations, teaching tips, paper presentations and workshops. The workshops were scheduled for 45 minutes, paper presentations and teaching tips were scheduled for 35 minutes.
The teaching fraternity had rich takeaways from the elite gathering.
As a token of appreciation, gifts were distributed among the keynote speakers and presenters. The participants also received their certificates of participation. Mr. Faisal Ibrahim Al Shamali, coordinator of IbriCT Professional Development Committee, headed this year’s ELT Professional Development Workshop Organizing Committee.
The second staff meeting in the AY 2018/2019 was conducted on Thursday 13 December, 2018 from 09:00 to 10:00 in the VIP room. All the staff members of ELC attended this activity.
Dr. Sultan Al Ghafri, HOC ELC, chaired the meeting. He appreciated the efforts of the staff to run the matters of the centre smoothly and efficiently. He briefed the staff about different matters relating to teaching, learning, and quality assurance. He urged upon the staff to maintain the same efforts and motivation for the coming semester as well. Dr. Sultan also highlighted the targets to be achieved for GFP accreditation process during this academic year.
At the end he gave away the certificates to the coordinators and Staff of the Month, for their efforts in maintaining quality of teaching and learning. He also bade farewell to Ms. Belle, our outgoing staff member.
Under the aegis of Dr Sultan Al-Ghafri, HOC ELC, Dr. Mariam and Ms Badour, HoS ELC, a Vocabulary Competition (Sem I-2018-19) was held in Room A215B on 11th December 2018.
The competition started at 11:30 am. Five teams from different levels of the Foundation participated in it. Each team consisted of three members. There were three rounds in it. In the first round, the participants were asked questions about spellings of words. In the second they were asked questions about meanings of words and in the last round they were asked to make sentences with words. Each round had two sections. In the first section, the participants were asked questions individually. The second section was a team event where team work was required.
Mr. Sultan Al-Swafi, Ms. Fazilat Jahan and Mariette Louise Oberholzer were the judges. Ms. Archana V. Gupta anchored the competition. The winner teams were:
i. Dhikra Rashid Mohamed Al-Muqarshi
ii. Salama Musabah Abdallah Al-Kalbani
iii. Yasmine Ali Khalaf Nasser Al-Majarfi
Team members were:
i. Mazoun said Saleh Khalfan Al-Alawi
ii. Tif Mohammed Abdallah Al-Alawi
iii. Samah Mubarak Said Musabah Al- Ghafri
Team members were:
i. Amna Rashid Abdullah AL Mamari-
ii. Shuhd Ali Aamir Al Hatmi
iii. Marwah Mohammed Ali AL MAZROUAI
Ms. Hind Salim Al Mahrouqi, Ms. Maha Al Darei, Ms. Zahra Arab, Ms. Warqa Sabri, Ms. Priya Jayaprakash and Ms. Michelle Mendoza worked as advisors to different teams.
In an effort to create awareness on the alarming rise of the predatory journals in the area of research, the research and consultancy team of ELC, organized a presentation entitled “Awareness on questionable practices: Identifying genuine and predatory publishers” for the lecturers of ELC. The presentation presented by Dr. Rehna Veerankutty Jameela, Lecturer, Engineering Department, IbriCT, was held on 11th December 2018.
As part of introduction of her informative, enlightening and detailed presentation, Dr.Rehna explained and defined the term “Predatory” and highlighted the ground reality of the existence of alarmingly huge number of predatory publishers world-wide in all disciplines of study . She brought to limelight as well the reasons behind the crisis of genuine journals and the statistical figures of the academicians mostly from Asia and Africa falling prey to the trap formulated by these predatory publishers.
The presentation in detail did focus upon the underlying motives behind the operation of these predatory journals, the primary one being making profit through illegitimate means. It shed light with numerous examples on the varied strategies and tactics employed by the predatory publishers namely unprofessional homepage and alluring offers to entrap the academicians. She further explained that the alluring offers like speedy publications of the research articles and papers, privilege to publish the thesis as publications, high impact factors, less publication charges and many more entrap even the prudent academicians, if they are not highly cautious and alert.
One of the highlights of the presentation was Dr. Rehna enlisted the various parameters to be considered by the academicians to determine the predatory journals and the genuine journals. The predatory journals, she emphasized, always fail to follow the standards of scholarly publishing journals. They do not provide the peer review, which is one of the hallmarks of genuine scholarly journals .Other cues to determine predatory journals are their non-professional email addresses, contact details and indexing of journals with fictitious names of eminent scientist as members of the editorial board, she added.
A demonstration on the criteria to define genuine journals was praiseworthy as well. Dr. Rehna explained the different parameters that genuine journals adhere to namely professional homepage without any gaudy colours and scrolls, less impact factor, professional email addresses and no alluring offers and privileges for the authors of the papers. She too offered a note of caution to the participants to keep at bay the hijacked journals, the journals of OMICS groups and journals claiming to possess UGC approval.
The presentation ended with the useful links and websites on the fake and genuine journals provided by Dr. Rehna and clarifications from the participants to her.
The presentation did serve as a real eye-opener to the audience and as a token of gratitude and appreciation, a certificate of appreciation was handed over to Dr.Rehna Veerankutty by Mr. Abdullah Al Balushi, of ELC.
Pedagogy and Curriculum Design is a dynamic process that has intrigued educators across the world. The demands of the knowledge-seeking world are high and educators are expected to meet the expectations to maintain the quality. English Language centre of Ibri College of Technology hosted a webinar titled “Pedagogy and Curriculum Design” on 11.12.2018. It was an initiative of Professional Development Committee. Prof. Mizanur Rahman Jewel, accentuated the definition of pedagogy and curriculum, objective of pedagogy and curriculum, benefits, teachers’ role/ other concerned persons role, resource materials, techniques and procedures, design format and other key considerations. . Prof. Mizanur Rahman Jewel is a seasoned and a passionate educator. His areas of expertise include English language teaching, and Applied Linguistics. In addition, he has a diploma in TESOL from American TESOL Institute, Florida-USA.