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External Collaboration, Training and Development

The ECTD Department is managed by an assistant to the director of the ELC at Taibah University. The position of Assistant Director of the ECTD Department is presently held by Dr. Iain McGee. The ECTD is comprised of two main Units: the Development and Continuing Education Unit, and the Graduate Studies Unit

Each unit of the ECTD is supervised by a “Head of Unit.” The present Head of Unit for Professional Development and Continuing Education is Said Zohairy while the present Head of the Graduate Studies Unit is Ridwan Moid.

Professional Development & Continuing Education Unit
The Professional Development Unit (PDU) has a training policy, and, in conjunction with other departments, seeks to deliver training opportunities throughout the year for all faculty members. Part of the role of the PDU is to collaborate with external training organizations in order to encourage faculty to develop themselves through taking courses. To date, this collaboration has been with Cambridge Obeikan (Diploma in ELT Management Skills, and Distance DELTA), and consultants-e & Trinity College, London (Certificate in Teaching Languages with Technology). The PDU actively looks for other training options which it can bring to the attention of faculty.

Graduate Studies Unit
The Graduates Studies Unit is an umbrella unit for two main programs: the Graduate English Program and the Lecturer and Teaching Assistant Program. See ‘Programmes’ (Hyperlink here) for further information about these programmes.

Other Projects Headed by the ECTD Department

The ELC is working with the CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) to seek international accreditation from this body.

Academic Partnerships
The ELC is actively seeking partnerships with universities outside KSA to exchange ideas, and engage in co-operative interaction of benefit to both.

The ELC publishes a newsletter every month – Insight ELC. The newsletter has many functions, including informing faculty of various developments and project updates, along with encouraging critically reflective thought in the ELC relating to teaching, learning and assessment. Faculty can send their articles to email.insightelc@gmail.com

The ELC seeks to encourage its faculty members to conduct classroom-based research and to present and publish research findings both nationally and internationally. In 2010 this was a highly successful part of the ELC's work. Presentations on presenting, and individual support are provided to teachers interested in participating.