English Department Activities for Feb.2022

  1. A session for Fourth Stage Students at English Department

The Committee of Observation and Teaching Practicum at English Department arranged a training session for the Fourth Stage students prior commencing their practical application as teacher trainees on 31st of March, 2022 at English Department. In the session, instructions were also explained by the head of the department Dr. Rawshan Tahir Ibrahim as to what the new practicing teachers should do during their teaching application in the public and private schools.

 

  1. Weekly Presentation at English Department/ Asst. Prof. Dr. Parween Shawkat Kawther presentation on a published research in Journal of University of Babylon for Humanites, Vol.(28), No.(11): 2020.

A weekly presentation was given to the English Department Teaching Staff on Monday 7th of February, 2022 by Asst. Prof. Dr. Parween Shawkat Kawther on a published study in the Journal of University of Babylon for Humanities, Vol.(28), No.(11):2020 under the title of (Principles and Practices for Effective English Class Assessment). Below is the abstract of the research:

Nowadays there are progressing trends in language testing and assessment fields to consider Washback as one of the basic principles of the assessment process that has indirect impacts on any teaching programme. It is an important term that indicates the positive or the negative test impacts on the language learners, the instructors as well as all the elements that combine together and lead the teaching –learning processes.

  1. Weekly Presentation at English Department by Dr. Muhammad Qadir Saeed on “ The Death and Revival of Indigenous Languages” which was based on an article written by Katalina Toth in Harvard International Review.

A weekly presentation was given to the English Department Teaching Staff on Monday 14th of February, 2022 by Dr Muhammad Qadir Saeed on “The Death and Revival of Indigenous Languages” which was written by Katalina Toth in Harvard International Review.

The topic revolved around indigenous languages which are found in most parts of the world. Every two weeks, an indigenous language dies. Some of the languages that have already disappeared were Inuit languages, spoken in the far reaches of the arctic. Others had evolved in the leafy greenery of coastal Australia. While they differ in setting, culture, and phonetics, one aspect that most dead indigenous languages share is that they perished as a result of colonization and the subsequent rise of international languages. As indigenous languages go extinct, so too do the culture and history that they carry with them. In Canada, the government has been largely responsible for the decline of Canada’s indigenous languages—yet, there may still be hope for them to be revitalized.

For centuries, Canadian government policies have jeopardized indigenous languages. While there are more than 70 indigenous languages currently spoken in Canada, they are largely endangered, as the majority of them maintain fewer than 1000 fluent speakers. From 1831 until 1996, the implementation of residential schools prevented indigenous people from parenting, educating, and passing on their native language to their children. Government officials removed indigenous children from their parents on the pretense that the children would benefit from assimilating into white Canadian culture through placement in these residential schools.

Indigenous people in Canada have faced centuries of colonial assimilation imposed by a government that creates barriers to their autonomy and to the preservation of their languages. Strategies to break down these barriers, involving a variety of technological and policy measures, must be carefully designed with the ultimate goal of creating long-lasting social change. This social change requires that indigenous people be able to actively participate in education and society, while remaining connected to their communities to the greatest extent possible.

 

  1. Weekly Presentation at English Department by Dr Rawshan Ibrahim Tahir and Dr. Pakhshan Ismael Hamarash on new instructions regarding teaching application of fourth stage students

A weekly presentation was given to the English Department Teaching Staff  on Monday 21st of February, 2022 by Dr Rawshan Ibrahim Tahir, the Head of the Department and Dr. Pakhshan Ismael Hamarash on new instructions regarding teaching application of fourth stage students.

 

  1. Workshop on Mapping Iraq’s International Higher Education Ambitions in Relation to UK interests and Future Support

A group of English Department faculty and students were invited by the British Council to participate in a two-day workshop on “Research to Map Iraq’s International Higher Education Ambitions in relation to UK interests and Future Support” from 2nd of Feb. to 3rd of Feb, 2022. The workshop focused on the ways of building collaboration and connection between Iraqi and international universities, especially the UK universities.

 

  1. English Department hosts a guest speaker (Dr. Zanyar Kareem) to give a lecture on (Writing and Narration)

On Wednesday 23rd of Feb, 2022 English Department hosted a guest speaker to give a seminar to English Department faculty and students on (Writing and Narration). The guest speaker was (Dr Zanyar Kareem Abdul) who is a PhD holder  from Central China Normal University in 2018. Also, he pursued his MA in Irish Literature at University Putra Malaysia in 2013. He has been teaching English language and literature since 2009 both in Kurdistan and abroad. He has also published some articles in the field of his interest, American and African novels. He is the author of two books in Kurdish language: a novella and a collection of poems.

 

  1. A cleaning campaign at English Department

English Department held a cleaning campaign for all the lecture halls at the department. Students’ chairs and desks and the whiteboards were cleaned. A group of volunteer students with the Assistant Head’s (Ass. Lecturer Sardar Abdulmajeed)  supervision participated in the clean-up. It is worth mentioning that this cleaning campaign has been one of several the like ones ever since the beginning of the academic year of 2021-2022.

 

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