40 Emiratis awarded British Council certificates
Dubai, June 26, 2008
Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) and the British Council have awarded English language proficiency certificates to a group of 40 male Emirati students.
It marks the successful completion of an intensive period of English language training, designed to facilitate their transition into higher education and training.
The British Council presented the awards as part of the Adec foundation year programme for high school graduates. The awards were presented at the British Council offices in Abu Dhabi by community relations manager Adec Ahmed Al Shamsi, Marilyn Mathieson of ELS (the programme monitoring agency) and director UAE for the British Council Paul Sellers.
The training programme was one of the largest partnership teaching activities undertaken in the UAE by the British Council. The training project began in October 2007, with the Emirati high school graduates involved in an intensive English Language Programme at the British Council in Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi.
The project involved 700 hours of teaching per student, with groups running simultaneously, 24 hours a week over eight months. Twelve of the British Council’s most experienced teachers were dedicated to the project in a variety of ways which involved English Language tuition, CEPA / IELTS preparation, and Life Skills Training, including ICT projects, team-building exercises and field trips to public venues such as exhibitions.
“The Monitoring Agency commends the British Council on the excellent programme it has conducted, which has been designed to meet the specific needs of these young Emirati men,” said Mathieson.
The aim of the course was for students to reach an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of between 4.5 and 5.5, as well as improving on their previous CEPA (Common Educational Proficiency Assessment) scores, which all the students did dramatically in March 2008. Many students achieved high enough marks to begin their 2008-09 applications to local universities and colleges. – TradeArabia News Service