After selecting a textbook entitled “General English for University Students”, two of English Language teachers with the Director of Curriculum Development at SUE participated in a training course in 2013 at Reading University in UK to be TOT. From then till now a training workshop is held for 1st year English language teachers every year to familiarize them with the teaching of this course and to get feedback on the textbook and its teaching.
This year a training workshop was held in Nov.11, 2015 in the Cultural Center of SUE for the above mentioned teachers.
The director of Curriculum development at SUE gave a presentation to the teachers of College of Languages on how to submit a proposal to IREX 2016, Higher Education Partnership. The areas where teachers can submit a proposal are;
Initiatives to promote tolerance and peaceful activities on campuses Activities to build youth-based approaches to countering violent extremism.
Some proposals have been submitted to Higher Education Partnership, IREX 2016 afterwards.
The first meeting of Lori Maison and Ziyad Sultan with the three short listed universities was in Canyon hotel at 2:30 pm on 19/5/2015 in the Executive hall to discuss the modifications needed to be done on the original projects. This was followed by a Skype conversation with Lori and Michelle at the beginning of June. Then, I sent an email in June 4, 2015 attaching the modified documents, the syllabus of AD, and the course book needed to be reviewed by Sara and her team. Lori connected us with Sara and Michelle in another Skype conversation in July 7, 2015 to discuss some details of the modified project.
Sara ,Dr.Ibrahim and I had a Skype conversation on the schedule and the workshops at 6 pm Iraq time in 14-10-2015
The visit of Salahaddin University-Erbil delegation to Appalachian state University:
The delegation included the following teachers:
1- Prof. Dr. Fatimah Rashid Hasan Al Bajalani, College of Languages. Team Leader
2- Prof. Dr. Adel Kamal Khider, college of Education.
3- Mr. Hardawan Mahmoud Kaka Shekh, College of Arts.
4- Mr. Hemin Tahsin Essa, College of Engineering.
5- Ms. Shokhan Sherzad Qader , College of the Law and Politics.
6- Mr. Hardi Khairullah Abdullah , College of Engineering.
The objective of the workshops was to train the trainers for teaching academic debate and critical thinking course.
After arriving Boone city in North Carolina, United State of America in October 25, 2015. We started the first session on 26 October on Needs assessment and review of the course Syllabus by Professor Sara Zimmerman.
The second day session was entitled (Curriculum Goals and Aims, Curriculum development (3s model), and (curriculum Evaluation, part 1), by Professor Audrey.
In this session, we worked together to write the aims of Academic Debate course in a critical thinking atmosphere.
On Tuesday, October 27, session three was a meeting with librarians (Lisa Abbott and Kelly McBride) who talked about the library, the library system, E books, and the system of borrowing books, journals and search in online catalog. Then we made a tour in the library.
Session four conducted by Prof. Sara was about writing across the curriculum, assessment and student- centered class.
Session five was entitled (Curriculum Goals and Aims, Curriculum development (3s model), and curriculum Evaluation, part 2 by Prof. Audrey. The important topics in this session were giving the freedom to students to pick topics, listening to other people, teaching how to be open to other views, enhancing debating skills, abilities to express opinions in public places, democratic-self (how to change the defensive perceptions).
At 5:00-5:30, we attended a doctorial Class with Dr. Alicia Jackson in the College of Education and Prof. Fatimah gave a presentation on the benefits of such links to develop the curriculum of SUE and the Teaching Quality mentioning the project of 2009 with ASU and the development done as a result of this link and other links with SUE. The presentation was given with the help of Hardawan.
On Wednesday, October 28, both the sixth and seventh session, conducted by Professor Eric entitled deliberate discussion, critical thinking, preparing, delivering and assessing brief speeches. In this lecture, the result of academic debate teachers’ feedback for 2 years was presented by Mr. Hardy. The data was collected by the Directorate of curriculum development at SUE and analyzed by Shokhan, Hardawan and Hardi.
On Thursday, Oct 29, Session eight was about discussion of future training, course improvement and designing the syllabus of Academic Debate by Prof. Audrey and Prof. Sara. In this session, a draft of the AD syllabus was designed in a critical thinking atmosphere.
Session nine was about technology and communication tools for teaching AD including Toastmasters international, world café, Ted Talks, presentation Zen, and You Tube by Prof. Sara and Ms. Mona. After this session, we attended two classes in undergraduate program, both public speaking and argumentation, which were very helpful for the development of our curriculum in academic debate.
After returning back to Erbil, the team met twice to distribute the tasks and complete the methods of teaching AD and prepare the rubrics for students’ assessment in this course based on the information we learned in the workshop and our experience in teaching it in a critical thinking way.
After the return of Salahaddin University delegation from the training course on Academic Debate and Critical Thinking (AD&CT) held at Appalachian State University, a series of meetings have started for:
1- Preparation of new syllabus for Academic Debate and Critical Thinking course depending on the subjects and the presentations that the team attended at Appalachian State University, the feedback of SU teachers of AD&CT, MA thesis of one of our teachers in the College of Basic Education, and some lectures prepared by three teachers in the College of Education
2- Preparation for the workshop of AD&CT lecturers in all Salahaddin University departments as follows:
a- Translation of the booklet to Kurdish language.
b- Poster preparation, designing posters, printing the posters and distributing them to all colleges and departments.
c- Deciding on the day of the work shop.
3- Distribution of the tasks and presentations among the team members as follows:
a- An Overview of the new course”Academic Debate &Critical Thinking” by the team leader (Prof. Fatimah R. Hasan Al Bajalani). She also reviewed all the materials and presentations;
b- Report writing by Prof. Dr. Adel Kamal Khider;
c- Critical thinking by Mr. Hardawan Mahmmood
d- Persuasion and argumentation by Ms. Skokhan Sherzad Qader.
e- Google application, Google classroom, links, and videos, note taking by Mr. Hemin Essa.
f- Poster design, referencing and avoiding plagiarism (paraphrasing, summarizing and quotations) by Mr. Hardi Barznji.
The workshop was held on 20th and 21st December 2015. All the lecturers of Academic Debate and Critical Thinking in all colleges and departments were informed about the day of the workshop through distribution of the posters in the departments and sending specific letters to the head of departments to encourage the lecturers to attend the workshop.
The first day of the workshop was on Sunday 20th of December; the registration of the attendants and guests started at 9:00 a.m. The introductory speech was given by the Vice-President of Salahaddin University for Scientific Affairs Prof. Ibrahim Hamarash. Then the representative of the minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Amang Saeed gave his speech focusing on and appreciating all the activities of the Directorate of Curriculum Cevelopment at SU. The President of Salahaddin University Dr. Ahmed Dizayee, and the representative of IREX in Iraq Mr. Zeyad Haqi Al-Sultan gave their speeches. The President of SU awarded Mr.Ziad and the team for their efforts.
At 10:00 a.m. an overview of the new course of Academic Debate and Critical Thinking was presented by Prof. Fatimah R. Hasan Al Bajalani, showing the history of this course, the activities of SU to develop this course and the new changes in the course as a result of ULP small grant 2015 which is funded by IREX .
After a short break, two lecturers presented two different topics. The first topic was about persuasion and argumentation by Ms. Shokhan Sherzad, and the second topic presented by Mr. Hardawan Mahmoud regarding critical thinking.
The last session was for the questions and answers led by the team leader. Monday 21st December 2015 was the second day of the workshop. The participants were divided into three groups each group in a separate room. The sessions started at 9: 00 a.m. and the presentations were as follows:
a- Report writing presented by Prof. Dr. Adil Kamal Khider.
b- Google application, links and videos, note taking presented by Mr. Hemin Essa.
c- Poster design, referencing and avoiding plagiarism (paraphrasing, summarizing, and quotations) presented by Mr. Hardi Barzinji.
At the end of the second day, the vice-president of Salahaddin University for Academic Affairs awarded a certificate to the lecturers of this course who attended the workshop and the team.
The participants were asked to join Google classroom to be aware of all the regulations of AD&CT course, give and receive assignments from their students, post their lectures and Power points.
The workshop was sponsored by IREX and SU.
The number of the attendees in the two-day workshop, in addition to media, was 240.
The representative of Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research asked the president of SU to send the team to all universities in Kurdistan to hold the same workshop.
The Director of Curriculum Development asked the representatives of curriculum development in all the colleges to hold meetings with the teachers of AD&CT in their colleges every month to get feedback and to follow up the implementation of the new syllabus of this course. Then those representatives meet in the university to decide on these feedbacks.
As a result of the workshop of Academic Debate and Critical Thinking, and to further develop this course, the directorate of curriculum development offered a number of recommendations to the President of SU in order to be put into practice and implemented in all the colleges.
As a result of the last workshop of our directorate about Academic Debate and Critical Thinking, and to further develop this course, here we offer a number of recommendations in order to be put into practice and implemented in all the colleges:
1. In a number of colleges the course hours are 2. However, in the dossier of Curriculum Development of Academic Debate and Critical Thinking Course approved by the Ministry Council in 2012, it is stated that the weekly hours are 3 (one theoretical + two practical hours) which are 4 units in an academic year study.
2. In order for the classes to be effective and the subject a success, it is stated in the ministry order no. 22771/4 of 30/11/2011 that the student number per class should not exceed 30. Therefore, all the colleges should follow the instructions stated in the order.
3. The lecturers who have qualification and have participated in the workshops have the advantage to teach the course.
4. The student evaluation has been amended as mentioned in the attachment. The examination board of the colleges should be provided with a copy of the evaluation form.
5. The lecturers of Academic Debate and Critical Thinking should be asked to use Google classroom application through the code xalxxpl. In this classroom all the presentations, workshops and specific instructions could be found, they can also put forward further enquires. This application will help promote the rank of the university.
6. Computer lecturers should guide the Academic Debate and Critical Thinking lecturers in teaching students how to prepare poster for the college and university poster conference competition.
7. Approved by the Ministry Council in 2012, according to what is stated in the dossier of Curriculum Development, 30 percent of the taught subjects in the second, third and fourth years should be taught in a critical thinking approach.
8. It is recommended that the department and the students decided what language should be used because this course aims at developing students’ skills, not their language; however, as part of a training, debates can be held in different languages (mentioned in article 5 of the ministry order).
-The team of ULP Grant at SU conducted a training workshop for Rapareen University teachers in January17, 2016 to train them on the new course of Academic Debate and Critical Thinking.
The director of curriculum development and the leader of ULP project gave a presentation on the new course of Academic Debate and Critical Thinking to the teachers of Ishik private University in Methodology training course.
-The director of curriculum development led a webinar on the new course of Academic Debate and Critical Thinking to teachers from Iraq, Kurdistan and USA universities in March 31, 2016. This webinar was organized by IREX.
Tuesday Nov.17,2015 at 11:00 am
After selecting a textbook entitled “General English for University Students”, two of English Language teachers with the Director of Curriculum Development at SUE participated in 2013 in a training course in Reading University in UK to be TOT. From then till now a training workshop is held for 1st year English language teachers every year to familiarize them with the teaching of this course and to get feedback on the textbook and its teaching.
This year a training workshop was held in Nov.11, 2015 in the Cultural Center of SUE for those teachers.
A series of training workshops for lecturers of first stage at Salahaddin University-Erbil
A series of training workshops 1st-year English language teachers were held by British professional trainers of education at Garnet Education Publication on 15th of October 2012, 7th of January 2013 and on 26th of October 2013.
Holding a training workshop for the 1st-year teachers of English on 5th of December 2013 and on 6th of December 2014 by three lecturers who were previously trained at University of Reading, UK as TOT.
Organizing a workshop on “How to make a poster” for lecturers at all colleges from 2nd until 4th of March 2015 by three lecturers at College of Basic Education namely Dr. Kaways Faraj, Hawraz Sami, and Salm Najm al-Din. The workshop was supervised by the Curriculum Development Directorate at Salahaddin University-Erbil.
Holding the 1st training workshop for the lecturers of “Communication” subject from the three English Departments at College of Languages, College of Education and College of Basic Education on 8th of February 2015 on the Phylosophy and problems of teaching “Communication”. The second workshop was hosted on 4th of April 2015 regarding lecturers’ teaching experience of this subject.
A series of training workshops for all lecturers of Academic Debate subject at Salahaddin University-Erbil in 14/12/2011, 3/10/2012/, 23/1/2014, and in 14-15/12/2014.
A workshop to discuss the teaching of Kurdology, its importance, teachers’ feedback on its teaching, the syllabus of the subject and other issues related to its teaching in April 17th 2014 for lecturers of Kurdology subject at SU. Teachers from other universities attended the workshop.
A number of workshops by the Directorate of Curriculum Development for the English Departments at Salahaddin University-Erbil in July 2009 as part of the activities and sessions of Curriculum Development Project with Appalachian State University to develop the curriculum of these departments.
The Inaugural workshop for launching the curriculum development process at all universities in Kurdistan Region was organized at Salahaddin University by the Directorate of Curriculum Development on 12th September 2011. The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the representatives of CD from other universities in the region attended the workshop.
A workshop was held at Salahaddin University-Erbil supervised by the Directorate of Curriculum Development on 26th-27th February 2013 to renew the programme of study of Colleges of Basic Education at all universities in Kurdistan Region.
A workshop session was hosted for the Heads of Departments at Salahaddin University-Erbil on 22nd of September 2014 for reviewing and examining programme of study in all four stages at college.
A workshop on approving the curriculum of all stages of study at SU in October 19.2014. The representative of the MHE, President and Vice president of SU, Heads of departments, representatives of CD of the Colleges and the manager of EC program: curriculum reform of legal studies in Iraq funded by EC attended the workshop.
The Directorate of Curriculum Development at SU in collaboration with the Directorate of Curriculum Development in MHE held a series of workshops for the decision makers, representatives of curriculum development in the colleges and the staff members of all the public universities in Kurdistan Region in 2009 and 2011.
Salahaddin, Duhok , Koya, and Sulaymani Universities in 2009
A workshop in Sulaymani University in September 21, 2011 hosting teachers of Halabjah University.
A workshop in Garmian University in September 22, 2011
A workshop in Sulaimani polytechnic University in September 21, 2011
A workshop in Hawler polytechnic University in September 26,2011
A workshop in Koya University in September 2011 hosting teachers of Rapareen University
A seminar for Ishik University teachers in December 8th, 2012 on the process of curriculum development and the new regulations in this regard.
Participating in teacher training methodology for Rapareen University teachers in October 6th, 2013.
Participating in teacher training methodology for Ishik University teachers for 4 days in 8-11 June,2014 and 19-20 May,2015.
Moremover, participating in the same training for Jihan university teachers in April 2014.