Islamic University of Gaza
- Dr. Nazmi Al-Masri
I have been teaching EFL at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) since my PhD graduation from the University of Manchester in 1993. I have taught several courses including Technology in TEFL, Academic Reading, Academic Writing, ELT Methodology. Having a Fulbright scholarship to two American universities, I wrote a book entitled ‘Writing Research Papers for Language & Literature Students’. I also delivered a variety of ESP courses for local and international NGOs. This small pilot project comes as a result of being involved with another 3-year project coordinated by the University of Glasgow (UoG): “Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State”. This pioneering project embodies genuine collaboration and partnership between IUG and UoG, promotes team work among trainers on the one side and trainees on the other side and efficiently employs recent technologies in TEFL. It is hoped that this pioneering project will be mirrored in different forms and will fruitful seed for large scale projects.
University of Glasgow English for Academic Study
- Bill Guariento
I have taught English for Academic Purposes for 20 years, the last 15 of which have been at the University of Glasgow. My bread and butter is direction of the English for Academic Study year-round pre-sessional course, and of CELTA teacher-training courses. Beyond this, I’ve enjoyed the challenges of working out ways to bring language-learning opportunities to traditionally neglected regions, and have worked to this end in Eritrea, Libya, and now in Palestine, varying the technological support to fit the circumstances. At the University of Glasgow I have a specific brief to develop materials for our Science, Engineering and Technology summer pre-sessional strand, and have worked on collaborative engineering courses with universities in Misrata (Libya), Chengdu (China), and Gaza. I’m hoping that our work in Gaza, currently small-scale, will give us the useful experience for a successful EU-funding bid next year.
- Anna Rolinska
I have 15 years of experience in teaching English as a Foreign Language. For the last 5 years, I have been based in Scotland teaching English for Academic and Specific Purposes to international students at the University of Glasgow. Due to my keen interest in learning technologies, I am also responsible for maintaining the English for Academic Study (EAS) virtual learning environment and making sure the students and colleagues make an effective use of it to enhance learning and teaching processes. I train teachers how to teach in online environments and have been part of projects harnessing the power of technology in higher and further education. What excites me about this project is the opportunity provided by the Internet and technologies to facilitate cross-cultural communication and collaboration and to help students in Glasgow and Gaza to research real-life problems.
- Justin O’Hagan
Prior to coming to Glasgow University in 2013, I taught EAP at Queen’s University, Belfast for 13 years. Before that, I taught for three years at an Engineering Polytechnic in Pécs, Hungary. My work at QUB took me to Shenzhen University, where I taught on an English foundation course for five months. At Glasgow University, I have had a number of roles including teaching on and co-ordinating the year-round pre-sessional courses, teaching Brazilian engineers on the Science Without Borders scholarship programme and Co-Directing Pre-sessional summer courses