Saturday, June 8, 2013

Workshop: Conscious Teacher Training - June 15, 2013

Conscious Teacher Training is designed to inform participants, enhancing their skills and effectiveness. The course is designed as a holistic approach geared towards developing knowledge and self-awareness, to help support children in reaching their full potential.

Aya Husni Bey has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Brighton as well as qualifications in Early Years Teacher Training, Play-work and Therapeutic Play Practitioner from various UK colleges, PTUK/PTI Post Graduate Training in Therapeutic Creative Practice and CPD Art Therapy at the Tobias School of Therapeutic Arts. She has been active in many teaching and educational projects focused on young children in the UK and France and has assisted the A.F.E.L children's charity, an organization which provided after school care and support for children and their families suffering from drug and alcohol misuse and abuse in a project sponsored by the United Nations in Lebanon. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Workshop: Teach to the Beat - May 25, 2013

Teach to the Beat

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Time: 10am to 12pm
Venue: The Academy of Post Graduate Studies, Janzour, Libya (see map below)

Nothing is more rewarding for a teacher, than seeing students smile and laugh while they learn. Using music in the classroom is a great way for teachers to achieve success with English language learners. There are a variety of different ways to use music in the classroom. In this hands-on interactive workshop teachers will explore different ways to incorporate music, songs and lyrics into their lessons. 

Presented by:

Laila Arif  holds BA in English Literature, Purdue University (USA) and an MA in TESOL from University of London (UK). She is fluent in Arabic, English, Italian and French. Since 1992 she has been active in EFL teaching and upgrading of Libyan teachers in the public and private sectors, offering support to where needed to obtain good quality teaching for the future generations of Libya. She is also co-founder of the English Teachers Forum, Libya. She's now the Educational Consultant at ISM International School, Tripoli, Libya  

Therese Martin (Khadija) has been living in Libya since 1989. She is a CELTA qualified teacher and director of English language courses at Almaqar IT & English Language Training in Tripoli. She co-founded the English Teachers' Forum in 2006. 

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.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Meeting: March 30, 2013

There will be a meeting to vote for the interim board of the English Teachers' Forum, Libya

  • Date: March 30, 2013
  • Time: 10am to 12pm
  • Place: Almaqar IT & English Language Training 
  • (see map: )

Friday, March 8, 2013

English Teachers' Forum: Afternoon Workshop - March 9, 2013

Macmillan Publishers is sponsoring a free workshop for the English Teachers' Forum on the afternoon of March 9th 2013.
  • Topic: Helping Teachers Teach Writing
  • Date: Saturday, March 9th, 2013
  • Time: 2pm - 4pm
  • Venue: The Radisson Blu Al Mahary Hotel Tripoli (see map below)
  • Refreshments will be served.

The Presenter:

Dorothy Zemach is an author, editor, teacher, and teacher trainer in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT). She taught English, French, and Japanese for over 18 years in Asia, Africa, and the US and holds an MA in TESL from the School for International Training in Vermont.

Now she concentrates on writing and editing English language teaching materials and textbooks and conducting teacher training workshops. Her areas of specialty and interest include teaching writing, teaching reading, business English, academic English, testing, and humor. She is a frequent plenary speaker at international conferences, and a regular blogger for Teacher Talk at Azar Grammar.

English Teachers' Forum: Workshop - March 9, 2013

A free workshop, sponsored by Cambridge University Press is being held on the morning of March 9th, 2013 for the English Teachers Forum.

  • Topic: Making lessons more learner-centred with Face2Face Second Edition
  • Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013
  • Time: 10am - 1pm
  • Venue: Al Tawasol University, Tripoli (near Khadra Hospital - see map below)
Presented by:
Peter Lucantoni
Peter Lucantoni has had a long career in English language teaching and teacher training in Europe and the Middle East. He is the author and co-author of several popular coursebooks for students, including IGCSE English as a Second Language Levels 1 and 2, and IGCSE English as a Second Language Exam Preparation Guide, both published by Cambridge University Press. He is currently writing one level of and is series editor for a new three-level course for secondary school learners, due to be published by Cambridge University Press. Peter has also published with Pearson, Hodder-Murry, Macmillan and Garnet Education. He is the Cambridge University Press Regional Teacher Trainer for the Middle East and North Africa, and regularly speaks at ELT conferences and trains teachers internationally in both the public and private sectors. He is a course tutor for Cambridge CELTYL, CELTA & DELTA, is an assessor for Cambridge CELTYL, and an examiner for Cambridge speaking examinations. 

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

English Teachers' Forum: February 16, 2013

The next meeting of the English Teachers' Forum will take place on Saturday, February 16th, 2013 to discuss the agenda for this year.

Topic: Agenda 2013
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Place: Almaqar IT & English Language Training - Located in Fornaj, across from Tripoli Medical Centre next to the vehicle registration office (Treeg Almuwasalat) and the flour mill (see map: MAP)

We'll be discussing:

  • The agenda for 2013
  • The upcoming English Teaching and Learning Conference
  • Setting up a mentoring program
  • How to reach out and include other areas of Libya in the ETF
  • How to make the ETF an officially recognized entity

Sunday, November 18, 2012

English Teachers' Forum - Nov 24, 2012

The Canadian Academy of Libya will host the November 2012 session of the English Teachers' Forum. Staff members of the Canadian Academy will present a workshop titled:

Class Management and How to Plan a Lesson

Presented by: 
  • Wafaa Salama has a B.Sc in Biochemistry and is a certified Montessori teacher (NAMC - North American Montessori Center). She also holds a certificate from Centennial College Canada as a Certified English as a Second Language Teacher. She has over ten years experience in education in Canada and the Middle East.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

English Teachers' Forum - October 13, 2012

The British Council will be the host for the next session of the English Teachers' Forum. Two guest teacher trainers, Kate Cook and Claire Young, who will be in Libya delivering a Teacher Training Development Course in partnership with the National Teacher Training Centre will provide an informative workshop for the English Teachers' Forum titled: 

Speaking Activities for Fun and Fluency

  • Date: Saturday, October 13th, 2012
  • Time: 11am to 1pm
  • Venue: The British Council, Tripoli (in the Multipurpose Room)
  • Refreshments will be served

Saturday, May 19, 2012

English Teachers' Forum - Saturday, 9 June 2012

'Once Upon a Time' 
Other than your coursebook, how often do you and your students tell stories? The aim of this workshop is to present various ways of creating and using stories in the classroom.
Presented by the teaching staff of IH Tripoli
  • Date: Saturday, June 9th 2012
  • Time: 10am - 11:30
  • Venue: IH-Elite Tripoli (see map below)
Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

English Teachers' Forum - 21 April 2012

Experiential Learning Workshop 

Date: Saturday 21st April 2012
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Tripoli International School (see directions below)
Presented by: Tripoli International School Teachers (Donia El Ibdaa):  Graham and Wendy Lind

Subject:  Fun in the classroom – Think Experiential.  Using indoor and outdoor experiential learning activities as an integral part of Language learning.

A fun “Ice-breaker” will start the session followed by a communication intensive team task in which team-based mildly competitive action and removal of some senses (eg sight)  creates a situation where verbal communication is absolutely essential.

A guided discussion will break down the dynamics of this activity and build a basic “model” for using experiential learning in many learning areas.  A simple model of “Planning by outcome” will be discussed so that participants can “do this at home”.

Sources of ideas for activities will be presented and participants will be shown where to find ideas, resources and most importantly – how to create, develop, adapt their own ideas and thus use Experiential learning to enhance language and other learning. 

Biography: Graham Lind
Currently Principal at Tripoli International School, Graham spent  7 years in Research and Regional Planning, after which he “followed his passion” as he developed and directed the Outdoor Pursuits Intramural, Extra mural and cross curricular (Senior English teacher) and Post Matriculation programs at South Africa’s leading Outdoor and Environmental Education Private School, Treverton. He then started  “Adventure Educators” offering Educational and Team building Experiential learning to schools, corporations and NGO’s  and  also ran a GCSE Private school for two years.  He also Chaired/ Co-chaired the formation of a Tourism route and an Experiential Education body. He has degrees in English & Geography and a wide range of technical outdoor instructor qualifications including SCUBA, Sailing, River Guiding, Mountaineering and Rock Climbing as well as a commercial Captains ticket.

Biography: Wendy Lind
Also at Tripoli International School, where she is Key Stage one Co-ordinator and a Year One teacher.    Wendy, after a plethora of experience in hospitality and informal education Wendy joined Graham as Director of Adventure Educators in 2000 concentrating on children’s events, hospitality and corporate program development and facilitation. She directed operations and trained staff as the company developed and has a creative approach to developing and adapting effective and inexpensive programming.  

Directions to TIS

  • Travel south along Airport Road towards the Tripoli International Airport.
  • At the only traffic light on Airport road turn right
  • Continue for approximately 1 km to the next traffic light (“Semafro Gips” – The Gypsum factory’s storage silos will be diagonally on your right when you are at this traffic light)
  • Continue straight at this traffic light across Swani Road – do NOT turn left onto Swani road.
  • TIS is 400m ahead on your right hand side

Friday, January 13, 2012

English Teachers' Forum, Libya - 28 January 2012

The English Teachers' Forum is proud to announce the first of this year's workshops.

  • "The key to success,via TOEFL iBT "  a presentation about TOEFL iBT and how to guide your students to success
  • Followed by an agenda meeting to discuss plans for the events of 2012
  • Laila Arif has a BA in English Literature (US) Purdue University and an MA in Tesol (UK) University of London. She is fluent in Arabic, English, Italian and French. She is the Executive Manager and English Language Programme Director of Alshati Language and Training Center. Since 1992 she has been active in EFL teaching and the upgrading of Libyan teachers in the public and private sectors, offering support where needed to obtain good quality teaching for the future generations of Libya. She is also co-founder of the English Teachers' Forum, Libya.

  • Saturday, January 28th, 2012

  • 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Alshati Language and Training Center

Refreshments will be served following the presentation