Contributed by Mr. Ahmed S. Jawarneh
MA Applied Linguistics
ESL Instructor – Prep Year
Taibah University, Al-Ula Male Campus
A very interesting presentation was led by Ahmed Jawarneh on the issue of student stress relating to exams.
The presentation discussed the stress students suffer from, before and during exams times. The presentation brought to light the problems students encounter, often not recognised by teachers.
A variety of reasons were presented that cause student exam stress, including issues such as the desire of low level learners to just to gain a pass, in contrast to high achievers who set themselves extremely high goals, as well as the impact of irrational fears, the lack of control over the exam system and parental expectations.
The attached power point is worth looking at to glean more information about this rarely discussed topic.
The ELCs Professional Learning Communities (PLC) project recommenced after the summer break with many satellite campuses joining in for the first time. Colleagues from our campuses at Madinah, Yanbu, Al-Ula and Badr successfully had their fist meetings.
PLCs were adopted last year as a method whereby colleagues could find a secure space to share their knowledge and teaching ideas.
A survey carried out at the end of last year indicated that PLCs were successful overall. However, there is still much to do. This year we have launched our PD Blog, a place for colleagues to share their vast knowledge with other colleagues and the wider world. In that sense, we are encouraging colleagues to contribute something to the blog. Please also don’t forget to subscribe to receive blog posts directly by following the blog.
Jihad Alhassan from the Al-Ula campus shared some photos of their first PLC meeting.