The British Council in Saudi Arabia organized an IELTS Train the Trainer workshop for King Khalid University on the 16th and 17th of December. The two-day workshop was held for the staff of the College of Languages and Translation. Lucy McClay, Trainer, administered the workshop and covered not only the four testing skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, but also included test knowledge alongside in-depth training on how to administer mock tests and calculate approximate band scores. Abdul Rauf Khan, Head of the IELTS Testing Center at KKU, said, "This is beginning of an excellent liaison between the British Council and KKU which I hope will be a long-term collaboration." Participants of the event left feeling that:
§ The event was useful for professional development.
§ It helped to increase awareness of the challenges that students face when preparing and planning for the IELTS Academic and General Tests.
§ Overall confidence about teaching the IELTS exam preparation classes to students increased.
Dr. Abdullah Al Melhi Dean, said, "The workshop was a great professional development opportunity which was collaborative in nature and connected to improving student learning outcomes."
The workshop was stimulating and left all who attended engaged intellectually and ready to make a difference.
Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation
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