From 21 to 25th November 2021, a one-week professional training about the 21st century skills of academia, mainly in English Language Teaching, was held for the instructors of KUST’s Center of Intensive English Program (CIEP).
The first day started with an introduction about the significance of CIEP by Sazan Ahmed who is the Consultant of Administrative and Academic Affairs of Komar University of Science and Technology. Then, Karzan Aziz, the Acting Director of CIEP, explained the new instructions and strategies related to CIEP and the center’s role KUST locally and internationally. After that, Kochar Saeed, the Acting Chairperson of English Language and literature Department, discussed KUST’s university and academic courses, English department particularly, including their objectives in compliance with CIEP programme.
The other subsequent days of the training incorporated various workshops on ESL (General Concepts, applications and websites, and PPP methods of teaching) Presented by Shay Kamal and Aram Ahmed (CIEP Instructors). Furthermore, Awder Raza Aziz and Kozhin Omer Esmail, English department instructors, had conducted two other workshops about language instructors’ role.
Twana Abdulrazaq, the Director of Quality Assurance, presented a workshop about the objectives of the quality assurance and world’s current academic requirements from the academic institutions in relation to the objectives of KUST and CIEP. Then, Shay Kamal and Aram Ahmed completed their second part of their ESL workshop and explained (TBL, Teacher Talk, and techniques).
The last day of the training started with DR. Ahmed Gheni, the Director of International Affairs, who explained teaching strategies, participation policies and instructor development. The event ended by having an online workshop on Design Thinking, Project Management, Strategic Doing and Agile Planning and Product presented by Dr. Gerald Doyle (Currently serves on the advisory boards of two Chicago-based startups as well as several others throughout the U.S. Gerald teaches Business Entrepreneurship, Applied Economics, and Internship at Wolcott School).