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PRESENTATION PROPOSAL FOR BUILDING FUTURE EDUCATION MENA


Thank you very much for your inquiry about my interest in speaking at the Building Future Education MENA event this October. As per your request, I have provided a title and short abstract of two potential presentations which are appropriate to BFE-MENA. As BFE-MENA is a two day event, I would be quite willing to give both presentations at the event. To begin with, I would like to provide a little more information about myself and the two international-education related organizations with which I am affiliated. About the Alhambra-U.S. Chamber of Commerce: The Alhambra Chamber is a U.S.-based NGO dedicated to the promotion of constructive education, cultural and commercial interaction between the U.S. and select other nations, including the UAE. The Alhambra Chamber engages in a wide range of consulting, training and partnership activities to support this vision. About House of Tutors/IAEI: The House of Tutors (HofT) operates the Intensive American English Institute (IAEI), an internationally-recognized, best-practice provider of intensive language instruction. Additionally, HofT provides a full range of educational services including tutoring and standardized test preparation. House of Tutors is also active in educational consulting internationally on issues including accreditation, teacher training and curriculum development. About Anjum Malik: Ms. Anjum Malik is an educator and educational consultant with more than 30 years of experience and focus on international education and the unique needs of international students. She is cofounder and managing partner of the Alhambra-US Chamber of Commerce as well as cofounder and Vice-President of the House of Tutors Learning Centers Proposal 1: Active Learning and Classroom Design This presentation focuses on cutting-edge educational theory in the areas of active, cooperative learning and classroom design/arrangement. In April, we presented a similar workshop via videoconference for 100 teachers of the Dunes International School in Saudi Arabia. The information contained in this workshop enables teachers to better connect with students at all levels of education and learning aptitudes as well as increasing students ability to retain presented information. Key components of the presentation: How teachers can draw professional lessons from reflecting on what they liked about their favorite students and, from when they themselves were students, favorite teachers.

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Identifies the traits of an engaged learner and illustrates ways to transform all students into engaged learners. Identifies the traits of an engaged educator and illustrates how teaches can cultivate those traits in themselves. Discusses the benefits of arranging classrooms to pair students from differing backgrounds and levels of ability. Highlights the benefits of Active Learning teaching techniques, which emphasize discussion, hands on practice and application and teaching others. In sort, these benefits include. Students access their own prior knowledge to form mental connections to new material. Students develop personally meaningful problem solutions or interpretations. Students receive more frequent and immediate feedback Need to produce results forces learners to retrieve information from memory rather than simply recognizing a correct statement. Active participation and involvement increases students confidence and selfreliance. For most learners, it is more motivating to be active than passive. A task a student has done himself or herself (or as part of group) is more highly valued. Students conceptions of knowledge change, which has implications for cognitive development. Students learn to work together Students learn strategies for learning itself by observing others.

The presentation also discusses how proper classroom arrangement can be beneficial in multiple contexts: Facilitating interactive and hands-on learning. Cultivates students working together to strengthen mastery and comprehension of material. Enables dealing with cultural, socioeconomic and linguist barriers in the classroom and turning student diversity into an educational asset.

This presentation can work as a traditional speech, but really comes into its own as when conducted as a workshop. Previously, I have conducted this workshop in conjunction with Ms. Rose Potter, a US-based certified master teacher with a special focus on international exchange. I can, of course, conduct this workshop on my own, but If BFE-MENA is interested and has technical capacity, we could conduct this workshop with me present in Abu Dhabi and Ms. Potter joining us via videoconference.

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Proposal 2: Before Studying Abroad What Every Student Needs to Know We have worked with international students from the Gulf region for more than 30 years. In that time, we have found that many of these students would benefit from increased understanding of the international application process as well as pre-familiarity with cultural and academic environment in their host country. This presentation provides prospective international students and their families with this kind of knowledge to serve as real-life practical tools to enable to get maximum academic and personal benefit from their study abroad experience. In April, we conducted four separate sessions of a similar presentation at the Saudi Arabian Cultural Missions International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education in Riyadh. Over the four sessions, we spoke to several hundred students and their families. Key themes of this presentation include: The importance of college advising, standard application procedures and expectations and tips to maximize the opportunity of being accepted by a university. Visa requirements and the embassy interview process. Study tips and preparing for standardized tests Academic expectations and academic culture abroad (including study and research skills). The value of working with tutoring services and education service organizations. How to acclimate to their new cultural and social environment while retaining their own values and culture. Legal, regulatory and practical knowledge for their new host country (opening bank accounts, housing, child care, family life, money management, etc.)

This presentation is optimum in conventional speech format.