The quality of teachers is vital to quality education, accordingly the English Language Center (ELC) organized a five-week refresher course for academic staff of the Salalah College of Technology (SCT) from January 28 to February 25, 2020 in the Self-Access Center (SAC).
The refresher course aimed at improving the overall academic standards set by the Ministry of Manpower. The concept of organizing the course was to share knowledge and experience through collaborative learning, thereby providing teachers an avenue to enhance their teaching abilities.
Participants from the Business Studies, Engineering, and Information and Technology Departments were given two sessions every Tuesday. Each session had a 20-munute theory and a 30-minute workshop.
Topics included English for Specific Purposes, Critical Thinking and Higher Order Thinking Skills, Classroom Management, Strategies and Techniques, Starting Out Strong: Effective Planning, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, Teaching Presentation Technique, Tests and Measurements, Teaching Pedagogies, Methods and Strategies, and Creative Learning.
Resource persons were ELC lecturers: Mr. John Richard O’ Neil, Dr. Manizheh Alami, Dr. Ronilo Jayag, Ms. Aminah Sutphen, Dr. Rana Aslam, Dr. Ajit Jovande, Mr. Edward Stallard, and Ms. Khayar Alamri.
Participants gave positive feedback on the relevance of the topics to enhance teaching abilities, the excellent organization of the session, the appropriateness of the timing per session, and the expertise demonstrated by the resource persons.
The refresher course was made possible through the initiative of Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, the Head of ELC, as approved by Dr. Anwar Ismaili, SCT Dean.