In coordination with the British Council, the English Department at Hebron University concluded a series of synchronous workshops on English language skills and methods of teaching them. The activities of these workshops started on Thursday 7 July 2011 and ended on Tuesday 12/7/2011 with a total of twenty-five training hours. The trainers in these workshops are Sue Magee and Jason Price who have extensive teacher training experience.
These workshops aimed to prepare students soon to graduate from the English department by introducing them to ways of understanding English language that will help learners, and methods of teaching that allow students to comprehend English and practice skills in the classroom.
These workshops included a brief introduction to the main skills that learners need to communicate. Trainees were encouraged to focus on how they can enable learners to use English for meaningful communication.
This included the use of English in the classroom, presenting new language, giving instructions, and how to stage a lesson. The training incorporated methods that demonstrate ways by which teachers can maintain students’ interest and involvement.
Forty three students from the English Department (fourth year students) and 9 teachers from the English Department and the Language Center attended these workshops.
At the end of the workshops, Dr. Mohammed Farrah, Chairman of the English Department and Dr. Hazem Bader, coordinator of the workshops thanked the two lecturers from the British Council for their beneficial presentations which aroused the interest and approval of the students and instructors of the English Department.