Posted on April 02, 2014

The British Council, as part of the British Festival 2014, recently organised and hosted a Teacher Development mini conference for English Language educators at the Tariq Bin Ziyad Independent Secondary School for Boys.

This event provided English Language Teachers, Coordinators and Academic Vice Principals in independent schools with access to high quality educational resources from the United Kingdom.

The British Council’s ELT Network is a powerful resource for teaching professionals in Qatar to exchange teaching ideas and experiences and explore innovative teaching approaches and techniques. The ELT Network is a free service for practising English language teachers and teacher trainers in the Middle East region.

The guest speakers sharing their expertise are educational thought leaders. In her remarks, Dr Angi Malderez, a freelance education consultant, examined why teachers and education systems need mentors; Sam McCarter, whose educational career spans over 30 years, focused on techniques for improving writing skills in IELTS writing task 2 and academic reading; David Crabtree, education expert, discussed inclusive approaches to learning, including neurodiversity and working memory; and Wendy Arnold, education consultant, talked about developing literacy skills. These sessions were followed by workshops, held by the guest speakers, complementing the talks earlier in the day.

The day ended with an overview of how The British Council, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, supports English teachers in Qatar through provision of top quality teaching collaterals and access to resources.

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Martin Hope, Director of British Council Qatar said: “The British Festival 2014 aims to build a high-quality legacy programme for the immensely popular Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, which engaged over 175,000 people through an intense international programme of 80 events last year. The Teacher Development Conference at Tariq Bin Ziyad Independent Secondary School one was the latest of several ongoing programmes engaging Qatari educators and cementing a legacy of educational exchange between the two countries.”

For the latest updates on the British Festival 2014, follow the British Council Qatar (@qaBritish) and the hashtag #BritFestQA on Twitter. The British Festival is sponsored by Qatar Shell and BAE Systems, and supported by many local partners such as Bhs, Debenhams, East India Company, Ezdan Mall, The Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt, Hackett, Hilton Hotel, Imperial Advertising, Intercontinental Doha – The City, Jo Malone, Molton Brown, LuLu Hypermarket Trading Group, Pizza Express, Renaissance Marriot Hotel and Spinneys.