Thursday February 17, 2011
On Presidents' Weekend, fifty students with the KAUST Gifted Student Progam (KGSP) will meet in Washington with KAUST and KGSP staff. The students are currently in undergraduate, foundation year and ESL programs. Students will learn more about KAUST, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a new post-graduate university in Saudi Arabia, explore Washington's cultural resources and meet with their academic advisors. Students are currently studying as universities such as Harvard, MIT. Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Boston University and Purdue.
Monday January, 31 2011
AED is currently reviewing applications received for the 2011 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program for undergraduate students. A total of 50 students will travel to the U.S. in late June 2011 to participate in a six-week program that includes classroom instruction and active educational opportunities related to one of two themes: social media or public policy. IYLEP is funded by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; 2011 marks AED's third year implementing this program. For more information, please visit www.iylep.aed.org
Tuesday January 18, 2011
After laying the groundwork for their partnerships in 2010, institutions participating in the University Linkages Program are already well on their way to continue collaborating 2011 by organizing meetings in the US and overseas. Faculty and staff from Tikrit University and Ball State University will meet in Amman in January 2011 for workshops to finalize program activities. While in Amman, Ball State plans to disseminate new curricula, provide training on teaching methods and in the use of the Internet, finalize plans for DVC instruction from Ball State to Tikrit, and develop plans for a Tikrit University Career Center. Similarly, a delegation from Kufa University plans to visit the University of Kentucky in spring 2011 for workshops on curricula, pedagogy, instructional technology, ESL instruction, and evaluation and assessment, in addition to discussions of possible joint research projects.
Thursday January 6, 2011
The “University of Baghdad ESL Initiatives,” working with professors from the University of Baghdad’s Departments of Education of the Ibn Rushd Campus as well as of the College of Women, will be starting a new series of programs, workshops and conferences in 2011. The first of these programs will be the “Team Teaching Workshops,” held in Baghdad during the month of February. Workshops will beconducted by U.S. masters teachers and focus on lesson plan development, course creation and best teaching practices. Furthermore, the Workshops are structured to provide significant collaboration between Iraqi professors and their U.S. consultants. Later in the spring, twenty faculty members will be sent to the TESOL Arabia conference held in Dubai from March 10-12. Ten senior faculty members will also attend the TESOL International conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, held from March 16-19. Both conferences will provide professors with a range of professional development opportunities including: visits to educational institutions, lectures by experts in the field of ESL education, group workshops and the chance to network with ESL professors from around the world. Finally in April, Arizona State University will be hosting an “Advanced Teacher Training,” for ten Iraqi professors. This training provides the opportunity to work with U.S. educators to develop advanced skills in language pedagogy and communicative language teaching methodology. Professors will also develop action plans to bring knowledge learned back to their departments and classrooms in Baghdad. Throughout the winter and spring we will also be working with the University of Baghdad to develop state-of-the-art English language resource centers in Baghdad providing Iraqi professors and students a place to further their teaching practices and English language education.