Monday, December 6, 2010

English Teachers' Forum - 11 Dec 2010

Mr. Michael Rundell will present a workshop titled: Helping Learners To Be Confident Writers at the next English Teachers' Forum, hosted by Alalameya Center for Languages & Training.

"Michael Rundell has been a lexicographer since 1980, and he is the author (with Sue Atkins) of the Oxford Guide to Practical Lexicography (2008). He edited several well-known dictionaries before becoming Editor-in-Chief of the Macmillan family of learners’ dictionaries. He was involved in the development of the British National Corpus, and has been at the forefront of applying new technology to the development of reference resources. He has published widely in the field of corpus-based language study, and his company (Lexicography MasterClass) runs training courses in lexicography and lexical computing."

Please join us for this free workshop.

  • Title: Helping Learners To Be Confident Writers
  • Venue: Alalameya Center for Languages & Training (see map below)
  • Date: Saturday, December 11th
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • The presenter: Michael Rundell

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

English Teachers' Forum - 20 Nov 2010

The English Teachers' Forum is proud to announce a presentation on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 by ESL expert, Mr. Peter Lucantoni.

"Peter Lucantoni has had a long career in English language teaching and teacher training in Europe, the Middle East, and, since 1993, in Cyprus. He is the author and co-author of several popular coursebooks for students, including IGCSE English as a Second Language Levels 1 and 2, published by Cambridge University Press, and wrote the English as a Second Language title in the Teaching and Assessing Skills series for Cambridge International Examinations. Peter regularly speaks at ELT conferences and trains teachers internationally in both the public and private sectors, and is a course tutor for Cambridge CELTYL, CELTA & DELTA, and an assessor for Cambridge CELTYL, and still teaches when he is home in Cyprus. "

  • Venue: University of Libya - Informatics (see map below)
  • Date: Saturday, November 20th, 2010
  • Time: 10am to 12pm

Presentation Synopsis:

This workshop will look at how vocabulary is taught and learned, and discuss how the Ventures course from Cambridge University Press reinforces the key elements. There will be time spent on an overview of Ventures so that teachers can go away with a clear understanding of what the course offers both teachers and learners.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

English Teachers' Forum - 26 June 2010

Warm-ups, Fillers, and Wrap-ups:
Maximizing Their Value in English Language Classes


Very often a small amount of dead time occurs during a class. This can happen at the beginning of a class when students are arriving, when a class that is underway is interrupted for some reason, or at the end of a class when students begin to think about leaving. When dead time occurs, often the best option is to present a short, interesting activity that lasts for only a few minutes, but allows that time to be used productively. This session will consider how to derive maximum benefit from the use of warm-ups, fillers, and wrap-ups, and will provide teachers with an extensive array of short exercises they can use in their classes.

Presented by:

John Harrington has a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language from the University of Colorado and a Doctor's degree that was awarded by Baker University. He also possesses a Master of Arts degree in the field of Community Development and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the fields of Political Science and Sociology, both from Southern Illinois University.

Since 1992, Mr. Harrington has taught at the university and secondary school levels and at private language schools in Russia (six years), Slovenia (five years), Hungary (two years), Bosnia-Herzegovina (one year, Estonia (one year), and Armenia (one year). He has also conducted workshops in Turkey, Austria, and Ukraine. He worked for ten years under the auspices of the Soros Foundation and is currently nearing the completion of his sixth year of work with the English Language Fellow Program funded by the U. S. Department of State. At present he is teaching courses in Second Language Acquisition, English Language Teaching Methods, and Academic Writing at the Academy of Graduate Studies in Tripoli. His teacher training experience dates back to 1998. He is particularly interested in Medical English, Civics Education, and Environmental Education at the community level, but has also had extensive involvement in Business English. While with the Soros Foundation he authored a guide to business simulation games that was used in over 30 countries.

He is in the process of writing two books, one of which will be a teacher's resource book tentatively titled "Tapping into Teen Interests: Classroom Activities with Special Appeal for Teenagers."

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

English Teachers' Forum - 29 May 2010

Topic: 'An Introductory Insight into Modern ELT Publishing'.
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2010
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Venue: Alshati Language and Training Center
Refreshments will be served following the presentation

Tarek Benrewin, Associate Manager North Africa in English Language Teaching and Education for Cambridge University Press, will be talking briefly about the respected history of Cambridge University Press and about English language publishing in general. The presentation will concentrate on new trends in English language publishing & blended learning that teachers should know and explains to teachers the importance of using the Corpus in text books. The attendance will have a clear simplified idea about publishing as a whole. The presenter will kindly be answering any questions regarding ELT publishing.

Cambridge University Press is a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation. We aim to further, through publication and printing, the University of Cambridge’s own objective of advancing learning, knowledge and research worldwide. Cambridge University Press is one of the world’s leading publishers of English Language Teaching material, supplying to almost every country in the world. These learning materials exemplify the cutting edge of English teaching methodology and the quality of the Cambridge ELT list is universally acknowledged by the teaching profession for both British and American English.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

English Teachers' Forum - Wednesday, 17th March 2010

  • Topic: What General English Students Want and Need to be Successful in their Careers
  • Date: Wednesday 17th March 2010
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Venue: Bell International / Awardbrand, El Noflien, Tripoli, Libya - location: Map
  • RSVP: send an email with 'Language Leader' in the subject line to: brentdq @
David Cotton will be giving a talk about 'What General English Students Want and Need'. This talk will focus on what skills students need to be successful in their careers, and will show how he attempted to meet students' wants and needs in Pearson Longman's new Advanced Level 'Language Leader' series, of which David Cotton is co-author.

Mr. Cotton studied Economics in England at the University of Reading and French Language and Literature at the University of Toronto in Canada. He has over 35 years' experience teaching and training in EFL, ESP and English for Business, and is the author of numerous business English titles, including Agenda, World of Business, International Business Topics, and Keys to Management. He is also one of the authors of the best-selling Business Class and a co-author of the Language Leader series. He has taught in Canada, France and England, and been visiting lecturer in many universities worldwide.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

English Teachers' Forum - Saturday, 20 Feb. 2010

Presentations Skills Workshop

  • Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010
  • Time: 10am to 12pm
  • Venue: Farhati Hall, Benashur (see map)
  • Cost: FREE

About the workshop:

Speaking in front of people is often the source of anxiety for many. The best way to alleviate that stress is to know what is necessary to hold a successful workshop that will interest and inform the participant. This workshop hopes to give you those presentation skills. The topics covered will discuss knowing the audience you are presenting to, developing a plan, structuring a presentation, and giving good delivery including your voice, rapport with the audience, and body language. These ideas will be reviewed, discussed, and, if there are any brave audience members, practiced in an educational environment where the participants do just that . . . participate!

About the speaker:

Brendan Carson has been in teaching and English and training English language teachers for about fifteen years in the United States, Korea, Ireland, Qatar, China, Afghanistan, and currently Libya. He has been living in Tripoli as an English Language Fellow through Georgetown University and the US State Department and is splitting his time between lecturing MA in Applied Linguistics students at the Academy of Graduate Studies and holding training workshops around Libya. He is new to Libya so any good advice for him will be greatly welcomed!

Friday, January 22, 2010

English Teachers' Forum - Saturday 30 January 2010

Welcome to 2010!

This is the fourth year of the English Teachers' Forum. Thanks to all the teachers who have come and participated in past forums and have helped to make the English Teachers' Forum a success!

What's in store for Libya's English teachers this year? 

This month's forum is a planning session for this year's agenda. We'll also find out what the upcoming ELTEX 2010 will be all about and get information about how teachers in Libya can apply to present papers and workshops at ELTEX 2010.
  • Date: Saturday, January 30th, 2010
  • Time: 10am to 12pm
  • Venue: University of Libya (Informatics) - see map

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Friday, January 8, 2010

CELTA Course - Tripoli, Libya

Cambridge ESOL Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

The British Council is delighted to announce the running of a Cambridge ESOL Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) teacher training course in 2010.
The course runs from Sunday 21st February to Monday 22nd March with a two-day break on the 2nd & 3rd of March.
The 120-hour-course includes the following: input sessions, supervised lesson planning, and teaching practice with extensive feedback, tutorials, peer observation and the observation of experienced teachers.
The input is given in the form of workshops designed to be as "hands on" and practical as possible.
Further information on the course is available from the Cambridge website at

Eligibility for the course

  • To be eligible for the course, you should have native speaker or near native speaker-like ability in English. For anyone assessed using CEF levels, this means a good C1 level. The course is extremely difficult, and not suitable for anyone who does not have this level of English. The demands of the course in teaching, language analysis, and discussion and in assignment preparation are extremely high.
  • You should be aged 20 or over with a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education.
  • Teaching experience is not essential but is an advantage.
  • You should be aware that the course is full time and will require 100% focus for the duration.


The cost of the course is 3080 Libyan Dinars. This will include all course fees, materials and certification from Cambridge.

Open Evening

On Thursday 14th January, the British Council Tripoli is hosting a CELTA Open Evening. This is a chance for potential candidates to come and see a presentation about the CELTA and to meet people who took the course recently. . If you think the course is suitable for you, you can then ask for an application form. The evening will run from 7-9 pm with a buffet. The event is free, but limited to the first 50 people who reply. If you want to attend, please contact by 10th January. You will be contacted after this date to confirm whether you have a ticket for the open evening.

Application procedure

After 10th January you can apply to for an application form, or visit us for a hard copy. This will need to be completed and returned to us by 21st January. Successful candidates will then be called for an interview. We expect interviews to take place between 25th and 31st January with successful candidates being notified within 2 working days. There are only 10 places available on the course but should demand from suitably qualified candidates exceed supply then we will certainly consider running another course in late 2010.

Erika Sigvallius | Training, Development & ICT Coordinator | British Council
T +218 (0)21 4843164 -67 | F +218 (0)21 484 0178 |
Casablanca Street, Hey El Wihda  Al -Arabia, Siyahia. PO Box 6797 Tripoli |