The Department of English Language at the
University of Human Development (UHD) arranged a virtual workshop with National
Geographic Learning (NGL), a part of the American Cengage Group helping
students to ‘learn about their world’ and ‘develop the language and skills they
need to be successful global citizens and leaders’, on 20th
September 2021. It was coordinated by Mr Haval Latif, a lecturer at UHD. Most
of the English Department lecturers and three members from NGL from three
different countries (USA, UK and Turkey) took part in the workshop.
The title of the workshop was ‘Stop & Think - A
Pathway to Academic Success’ and the focus was on developing critical thinking,
such as problem-solving, and encouraging students to explore the new language,
the English Language in this context, and become more independent in their
study skills. The speakers emphasised that students need to learn to use
English in a productive way in both speaking and writing where they are given the
opportunity to analyse and evaluate a situation, and make use of the new
language critically and creatively.
The workshop lasted for 2 hours, and at the end certificates
of attendance were awarded.