Three members of the Faculty of Languages and Translation presented an International Testing Training Seminar (focused on STEP, TOEFL, and IELTS) at Abha Technical College from 9-12 October 2016: Dr. Salem bin Dawood, Mr. Matthew Glotfelter, and Mr. Erich Beer. The training sessions were attended by a group of thirteen English Language Center staff members.
Mr. Glotfelter and Dr. Salem devised the program. Besides providing training and sharing relevant information and tips about the examinations in question, Mr. Glotfelter was responsible for all the practical arrangements, which he did with his customary flair for efficient organization; he also acted as an anchor throughout, providing continuity. Dr. Salem wooed the audience with his signature charm and extensive knowledge and expertise.
The attendees were an exceptional group, teachers themselves, and therefore also accomplished learners. Their high proficiency level in English struck us. They were responsive and very focused, with an excellent interpersonal dynamic, making it an unqualified pleasure to teach them. I could not help thinking that, had I had to handpick a group of candidates for this training seminar, I would have picked exactly those who attended of their own volition.
At the closing ceremony, the Vice Dean for Quality Control, Dr. Moalwi Naser Alawaad, assisted by Mr. Ahmed Najji, Chairman of the English Department, handed thoughtful and exquisite gifts to the three presenters, duly captured in photographs, after which all present posed for a photo session.
The training seminar was a resounding success, and word of it has spread far and wide. It was an enriching, enjoyable and memorable experience for all concerned. The English Language Center at the Technical College envisages future cooperation with the Faculty of Languages and Translation at King Khalid University and is planning several follow-up initiatives to build on the momentum generated by this seminar. There is no doubt in my mind that they will follow through on it and that the efforts will yield sterling results.
Primary Source: Erich Beer
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