Welcome to Our English Language Program
The English Language Program (ELP) offers five levels of English language training to faculty members and administrators in all departments of the eighteen Faculties of Education across Afghanistan. The aim of the program is to work with the lecturers to develop the skills and confidence they need to function in English in their professional academics arenas: engaging in conversation with international colleagues; accessing, reading and understanding basic level academic texts; accessing subject-specific content in English; basic level academic writing skills; conducting basic level academic research in English.
The English Program also offers English Language Teaching (ELT) methodology courses to faculty members in the Departments of English. Study abroad programs in English Language Teaching Methodology, Educational Leadership, and Educational Psychology have also been a part of the English Language Program, so far 16 English lecturers have attended a six month certificate course at the Regional English Language Centre (RELC) in Singapore, and eight lecturers have completed their MA degree studies in the aforementioned disciplines at Indiana University – Bloomington (IUB). June 2008 began the first of a series of workshops, with a total of 23 English lecturers from Herat, Mazar, Jawzjan, Maimana, Kunduz, Takhar, and Baghlan participating. In 2009-10, IUB and RELC returnees have participated in workshops to upgrade pedagogical, curricular, and teacher-training skills, learned how to cascade training to secondary school teachers, and conduct learner-centered classrooms at both the tertiary and secondary level. In 2011, the entirety of the English department faculty will participate in a nationwide curriculum reform workshop supported by the MoHE and other NGO’s, as well as participate in workshops that enhance the instructional strategies they use in the classroom, which will be followed up classroom observations.
English Language Program's Library
Teaching Tip of the Week
Teaching Tip # 5
Don’t talk too much.
Depending on the subject, you should be talking from about 5% to 30% of the lesson. For speaking or writing, more than 10% – 15% would probably be too much. Most lessons should be student-centered, not teacher-centered.
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