Acting CU Head
Abdullah Khalfan Al Rawahi
Badria Al- Barashdi
Jokha Al Hosni
Learners’ Vocabulary Development - (Certified workshop)
By Prof. Steve Gershon
Participants: CU members+ LC Staff
Developing Listening Skills: The Challenge of Authenticity
By Paul Woodfall
The presenter went through a series of engaging, practical activities that help students develop awareness of phonological features in authentic discourse.
Communicative Grammar and Vocabulary Practice
By Rob Dean
Ways of supplementing / adapting the course materials with easy to prepare and highly adaptable practice activities.
Developing the Speaking Skill
Includes a look at reasons for real life communication and ways of bringing this into the classroom. How to prepare speaking activities, monitor while students are speaking and follow up after speaking activities. Also a look at common problems with getting students to speak and ways of overcoming them. Includes elements of Task Based Learning, and ties in well with Cutting Edge.
Learning How Courses are Designed - Part I & II - (Certified workshop)
By Dr. Andrea Hall
Participants:CU members+ 3 AU members+ ACC FPEL0340 + ACC Credit program
Developing Reading and Vocabulary Materials for Lower Proficiency Levels in the FPEL: Needs Analysis
By Hranush Ginosyan and Aga Ptak
The presentation provided a brief review of the theoretical background on acquisition of reading skills and shared the findings of the needs analysis conducted by the CU in Spring 2012.The results will provide a framework for developing vocabulary and reading materials for lower proficiency level FPEL students.
Beyond the Course Book
By David Evans
Participants gained an in-depth knowledge on planning tools for course material writers/ developers, frameworks for developing course materials and tools for reviewing and evaluating course materials.
The New Edition of a Textbook Series "Progressive Skills’
By Peter Holly
This session provided an overview of relevant developments in EAP as well as a clear review of changes made in response to regional requests. Attendees also saw how these changes have been incorporated into a unit taken from ‘Progressive Skills in English 1: Listening & Speaking’ book.
Cartoon Movie Creation Technology
By Ahmed Al Abdali
Participants: CU team
This workshop introduced attendees to Xtranormal’s simple text-to-movie technology. Participants were shown how to use a range of characters, sets, colors, movement and accents to create short cartoon movies that were both enjoyable and contextualized to students’ needs.
The New Revised FPEL Pronunciation Syllabus
By Ahmed Al Abdali
This presentation reviewed the work done on the new pronunciation syllabus designed to deal with the particular problems of Omani speakers of English and then looked ahead to the materials that were going to be produced in the Spring 2013 and then piloted in the Fall.
An Online Repository for Supplementary Materials
By Robert Blake & Luma Ashoo
The Language Centre has developed an online repository of supplementary materials. This presentation showed how it could be accessed and the procedure for submitting material.
Strategies in Developing Listening Materials – Part I & Part II
By Anfal Al-Wahaibi
These workshops trained the members on how to prepare worksheets focusing on the learning outcomes. The most useful part of the workshops were given hands-on-experience to the members. Each member prepared supplementary materials based on the input received during these workshops.
Using Student Feedback for Reflection and Development
By Robert Blake
This workshop used a loop learning technique whereby participants were firstly asked to redefine their understanding of the notion of formative assessment. They then participated in a number of activities which involved evaluating a variety of formative assessment tools and their suitability for use with Foundation Program students in Oman.
Developing Listening Materials for FPEL Classes
By Anfal Al-Wahaibi
Participants: CU team & Listening and Speaking Material team
In this workshop, the presenter went through the process of producing supplement materials for ESL Classes and the steps that are involved in. Consequently materials that are developed must be well planned, goal orientated and accountable. The workshop provided participants with the best approaches to develop materials that address the students’ intellectual needs. The presenter wanted to offer a sense of what is involved in the process of producing supplemental materials, and to allow teachers to plan accordingly.
Piloting new books for FPEL 0120, 0230 & 0340
The CU assists the course coordinators to identify the most appropriate materials for their students on the Foundation Programme through the process of piloting new books. The involvement of teachers, course coordinators and students is crucial in helping the CU to assess the effectiveness and suitability of a piloted book. To ensure that a fair decision is made, the CU has created feedback forms and a teacher’s log which are used before, during and after the 1st piloting of the book. A new reading book for 0230 was piloted in Spring 2013. Reading books for 0120 and 0340 will be piloted in Fall 2013.
As per the decision reported in the CU End of Semester Report, Spring 2012(ref 6.5), inspection copies of published commercial books were obtained and inspected. The books were evaluated based on the following criteria:
Supporting the piloting of new e-learning activities in the Foundation Programme: eFolios, e-writing and e-project designed by the Faculty Academic Support Unit
Expanded versions of the e-learning elements (e-Folios, e-writing and e-project) were piloted with several sections of English for English Specialists, Arts and Law EEAL 0560/0604 and Engineering 0560/0604 students. The aim was to identify some advantages (and possibly disadvantages) of these elements compared to paper-based portfolios and the conventional paper-based ways of teaching and learning writing and research skills. Furthermore, acquiring competence in e-learning technology enhanced the professional development of the participating CCs and the teachers. Overall, the piloting experience was successful, especially in terms of the students’ positive response to doing their learning reflections online in a shared document. Feedback forms were distributed to all of the participating teachers and students. The data have been compiled and summarized in a final report which will be presented in Fall 2013.
Updating the FPEL/CELP curriculum documents (available on the LC website)
FPEL:New information has been added to some sections in the Appendix, the FPEL summer structure, the course outline descriptions and the assessment matrix.
CELP: the document has been updated according to information received from the credit programme coordinators. In addition, the lists of course equivalencies and pre-requisites have been revised and modified. A unified design, layout and font type was used.
Materials Production by the CU
Sounds Right, Book 1 is the first listening and speaking skills book for students of English as a Second Language produced by the Curriculum Unit. The book responds to the crucial need to develop listening and speaking skills materials for our FPEL courses that are engaging in terms of both topics and activities. Designed to help students improve their speaking and listening skills, this book also provides students with an understanding of the importance of good communication skills in their personal development and learning. Teachers have flexibility in dealing with the different pronunciation difficulties and issues the students might encounter. The selected themes address the students' needs and encourage them to express their own ideas as well. The activities in Sounds Right encourage students to work independently at their own speed and show them that, with the right tools, these skills are easier to acquire than they look.