Thursday, April 25, 2013

UPDATED: English Teaching Interactive Poster Event

Sabratha English Teachers will host an interactive poster event. Forty English teachers will share the new methods they have experienced during a three-week teacher training program.

The Sabratha teachers would like to invite you to visit their event.

  • Date: Thursday,  May 2nd 2013
  • Time: Begins at 10:00am
  • Place: Sabratha Aloom El Hyat Bnat
This event is open to the general public and is free of charge.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Presentation: Why CELTA? | May 4, 2013

Topic: Why CELTA?
Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: The British Council, Tripoli (see map below)

Glenn Allies
This presentation will deal with the relevance of the Cambridge Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) to the Libyan teaching context. Most language teachers and learners in Libya have experienced language learning and teaching from a teacher centred approach. The CELTA is a teacher training course that equips teachers to involve learners more; using the knowledge they (the learners) bring to the classroom to communicate in English. The talk will include a short demonstration on how vocabulary can be taught in a more student centred way instead of just telling students the meaning. The course syllabus, assessment and course structure will also be highlighted.

Glenn Allies is a teacher and teacher trainer at the British Council. He teaches on the Cambridge Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) course in Libya. He has extensive experience in teacher training with public school teachers in Korea. His interests include: learner centred classrooms, world Englishes and extensive reading programmes.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Workshop: Developing Cultural Fluency - April 13, 2013

Topic: Developing Cultural Fluency
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Time: 10am to 12pm
Venue: Manarat Libya (see Map)

“Developing Cultural Fluency” means not just understanding the words that a person from another culture is saying; it also means correctly interpreting what they really mean.  Teaching English grammar and vocabulary is only part of teaching students to understand English speakers from other cultures.  World-view and cultural assumptions are also a critical part of communication and understanding.

This workshop includes understanding the three main types of world-views in our world today.  It will include becoming aware of other cultural dimensions that are critical to good communication, trust and mutually beneficial relationships. We will also review the general differences between typical Libyan culture and typical American cultural.

The outcomes of this workshop will be learning your own dominant world-view, better self-understanding and better understanding of other people on several different cultural levels.  These outcomes should be of great benefit to those attending in terms of reduced misunderstandings and conflicts, and more successful communications both professionally and personally.

Check out our blog at for additional resources before or after this workshop.

Mr. Joseph Branch brings over 30 years of intercultural training and experience in the international business and training world.  He is a certified executive coach with the International Coaching Federation, and a certified behavior consultant in leadership development, strategic consulting and leadership coaching. He has lived and worked long-term in 7 countries, speaks several languages, and is starting his 3rd international business in North Africa.