Racist affiliations in Saudi Arabia


In Saudi Arabia if you belong to a tribe, then you are lucky  because the tribe will make you a special person even if did not  offer any good to the humanity!. If you do not belong to tribes in Saudi Arabia , a group of people  will consider you as an only Saudi by nationality and you have less rights in their country. This happens in the land of Islam were message of peace shined 1432 years ago. Even though in the Muslim holy book – Quran – Allah says :

No Arab is superior over a non-Arab, and no white is superior over black [1] and superiority is by righteousness and God-fearing alone (sura al-Hujurat, 49.13).

Last week the the third Saudi Cultural Discourse, “Tribalism, Regionalism and Intellectual Classification and Their Impact on National Unity,” held in Jeddah and condemns racist affiliations in Saudi Arabia .According to Saudi Gazette newspaper:

Saudi writer EssamYamani spoke out against websites and bloggers making racist comments and encouraging the wave of hatred against certain groups of the Saudi society.

Yamani said that racist comments and phrases such as Tarsh Bahar (an Arabic phrase for sea immigrants coming to the Arabian Peninsula) and Haj leftovers or Baqaya Hujjaj (an Arabic phrase used to describe grandchildren of Muslim pilgrims who performed Haj and never returned home to settle in the Arabian Peninsula) were necessarily racist and would only disrupt national unity.

Those sites and bloggers spewing racist comments online must be brought to account, he said.Yamani demanded the removal of these and other racist terms through efforts by civil organizations and education stressing the importance of deepening national bonds.

Yamani’s resolution could hide the racist comments from “some ” websites and blogs but what could change racist people ? What do you think?

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Happy Birthday to me


Today is my birthday. I know nobody will remember this day but me and nobody will care about it but me . I am fine , blessed , and well-determined . My big dream is spending the rest of my life as an active member in the WORLD. I devoted my life for making people happy those who really need love and support. Some people wanted to make me happy but they ruined my days and I am mature enough to forget and forgive them. People in need are my friends in deed.

Burka Woman !


Saad Haroon said to the Telegraph : “Everyone has a right to say what they want,”  . “The crazies always shout loudest, but I’ve also had positive comments from women in burkas who have come up to me after shows, saying how funny they found it.”



As a Saudi Young lady I want to say ok this is a kind of freedom of speech  but I feel like this is an insult to those women who wear Burka. An expression like : “sexy ninja” is not really friendly. If you don’t like it , they like it and the have the right to wear whatever as long as they do not invade your own privacy. I do respect everybody but as well I want them to respect me and my own freedom to wear what really make me feel comfortable.  Freedom means you  do whatever and leave other people do what they really want to do without harming them. When a Niqabi women walk in the street and some one call her : ninja, he/she has no right to attach her and hurt her own freedom.

Source of the quote :

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8216780/Comedian-under-fire-for-Burka-Woman-version-of-Pretty-Woman.html

My professional growth and development as a trainee teacher


 

 

Development is a continuous cycle and I realized if I will teach only that which I have learnt in coming years then I will be a teacher with only one year experience, but if I learn for the rest of my life then I will become an even better teacher. Therefore, I should seize any opportunity I get to develop myself. It is not all about having one method or group of ideas, or preparing material, getting paid and teaching what I know. It is more about renewing things, adding creative elements, and sometimes taking risks. I will keep my self up to date with whatever I consider to be beneficial to a teacher who seeks development and innovation. I will do this by reading journals, attending conferences and seminars, consulting books, and maintaining contact with other teachers.Last but not least, the people I worked with, my tutor, observers and colleagues, opened my eyes to the many aspects of teaching and were very supportive people who encouraged me and provided me with rich feedback. Their unlimited support saved me time, raised my self-confidence, and improved my performance.Gower et al. (2005) highlight the importance of collaboration between fellow trainees to get over problems, since teamwork is more important than competition. We learnt from each other how to be patient, hard working, committed, well–organized, and creative. We instantly began working as a team, meeting to discuss our parts,practicing, giving feedback, suggesting ideas, motivating, and supporting each other,arranging the classroom, setting up equipment, distributing books and dictionaries,and playing the role of learners. These times will never vanish from my memory.

Last but not least, the people I worked with, my tutor, observers and colleagues, opened my eyes to the many aspects of teaching and were very supportive people who encouraged me and provided me with rich feedback. Their unlimited support saved me time, raised my self-confidence, and improved my performance.Gower et al. (2005) highlight the importance of collaboration between fellow trainees to get over problems, since teamwork is more important than competition. We learnt from each other how to be patient, hard working, committed, well–organized, and creative. We instantly began working as a team, meeting to discuss our parts,practicing, giving feedback, suggesting ideas, motivating, and supporting each other,arranging the classroom, setting up equipment, distributing books and dictionaries,and playing the role of learners. These times will never vanish from my memory.

Limitations


There were some general constraints that I had already come across in literature which I had to handle in different ways:- I thought that I would face difficulties dealing with learners of different nationalities,but I found the real challenge to be dealing with students of mixed ability. I overcame this problem by designing two different sets of questions and tasks so that they were suitable for both low and high level students. I decided which questions I should assign to which students.- The layout of the classroom was another issue, as there are too many tables. As a group we used to make a horse shoe shape. I felt the space between the board and the teacher was too big and so I tried to stay close to the students.

Giving instructions, gaining students’ attention, and giving feedback were important aspects of my teaching that I was concerned about. Gradually, I set personal objectives that I wanted to achieve in each lesson, and I fully achieved them by my third lesson and since I realized where I need improvement I improved. My personal objectives were:

1- to improve the way I give instructions to the class;

2 -to reduce my speaking time to a minimum;

3- to monitor my voice in a better way;

4- to improve the feedback I give to students and my error correction techniques.

The importance of observation for my progress


 

 

Teaching English

 

I benefited a lot from observing a teacher at an institute in the first semester, aswell visiting Colchester to experience teaching English to refugees, as this allowed me to carefully examine every aspect of the teachers’ classes. I also benefited from their ideas, teaching methods and lessons, which were full of interesting aspects. I was able to take notes and observe my fellow teachers, having the chance three times to participate as a student. I loved to play this role as it enabled me to enrich my experience and put myself in their shoes. It helped me to figure out what makes agood language teacher and what makes learners interact better in the classroom. One area that I was interested in is establishing the rapport with students as a very important factor that shows teacher as a member of the class not the centre of it. This is not for the learners’ benefit only but the teachers as well to take away some of the pressure from their shoulders and to run the class smoothly. I learnt how to forget all about being shy and speaking with a trembling voice, as I used to be sometimes when giving a presentation. Instead, I want to be confident and give my all in every lesson and learn as well, regardless of my sickness during this semester. I noticed my colleagues as well when they began to smile and release some of their tension in their lessons, I felt more secure as a student. So I realized that my students would be able to accept me as teacher if I show them respect, patience and helpfulness. Some teachers just deliver their lesson normally, and some have fun and share experiences. Others keep their distance from the learners. These were all aspects we had the chance to discuss at our last feedback meeting. So, trusting students’ abilities and respecting them is an important thing, as they will trust and respect the teacher as well (Harmer,2007). Some teachers think that their students are not good enough because they do not have a good command of language, which is not always true. I consider the stage they are at and treat them as really clever students who are experienced and rich with knowledge, encouraging them to share this in the class. I love listening to students carefully. To illustrate, in my first lesson about inspirational people I designed activity as lead into the lesson . I asked students to look at six figures and arrange them according to who is the most inspirational person according to their point of view. I loved that lesson because all of the class were engaged talking about these famous people and I was surprised as one of Korean student chose the author of the book ” Last Lecture ” and was talking to her pair about him. I found that interesting to share her knowledge with the class since she read the book and found that person very inspirational. To facilitate her ability to speak fluently without begins I asked her some questions about it such as if she read in her mother tongue and had a chance to ask more questions which really aroused the interest among others .Another student chose the man without arm and legs and shared her thoughts about how being disabled does not make ones life stop instead it creates more chance to be successful. I found that personal dimensions encouraged students to speak and share their inspirational words. I was glad when they overcame their language barriers toshare ideas.

Materials, Preparations and Lesson Plans


The six month teaching practice course, involving preparing lessons,observing colleagues, and receiving feedback enriched my knowledge of the theoretical and practical basis of ELT to realize my essential multi roles as a facilitator, monitor, participant and observer. I found out that I am more effective as a teacher when I thinking about how to facilitate things and make the learning experience authentic, interesting and useful to me and my learners, as their progress,growth and success is mine, and this is the real reward of teaching.

 


 

 

I used to organize the whole process of producing a lesson by initiating questions concerning the subject of the lesson, taking into consideration the material,the students, me as the teacher, and classroom management. I found this brainstorming process quite useful because it allowed me to reflect on what I had and how I could make the most of it prior to planning. The book we used, “Language Leader”,is to a certain extent academically oriented (see Kempton, 2008), and there were many things we tried to present it in an interesting way. From this point of view I used to ask the following questions: Is the material suitable for my learners? Does the partI choose contribute to and connect to subsequent parts? Does it fit within the time allocated? Is it easy or difficult? Is it short or long? Is it authentic and interesting?What are the objectives stated in the teacher’s book? Do I need to design other activities, adopt, or replace tasks? So I always have alternatives and plenty of thoughts.

After looking at the materials I think about how I can make it fit the students, considering theirs needs, interest, age, culture, nationality, background,level, and individual differences, since these are very important aspects to make sure it fit with the goals stated , materials and activities designed(McDonough &Shaw,2003). As a teacher I try to visualize how I can present it in different ways so as to improve my performance. I also ask myself the following questions: Do I feel comfortable about delivering this information? Have I read enough in secondary sources in addition to the teacher’s book? How I may make it interesting? Shall I talk about something personal to encourage my students to speak up?? Am I well planned and have I organized everything in advance? How can I make my role effective?Overall, I practiced how to make boring lesson into a very interesting one.Our observer used to say to one of my colleagues, that if the students only follow the book then they can do it alone and there is no need for a teacher. Her words kept me thinking about how to turn things round and make them more interesting, enjoyable and authentic. But I had to be careful as it might be a perfect planned lesson but does not work in the classroom as may one of the element in the whole process is lost such as in my second lesson about Media mixed ability class and timing were difficulties that I faced as I had three tasks to be accomplished ( warm up , new vocabulary , reading newspapers’ headlines and reading a text) . High level students finished within the assigned time but low ones could not that was really difficult moment as I asked advance students to discuss the next question and I tried to help the other group explaining unknown words. I regretted that I did not give them sufficient time as low level. I had to think on my feet as I talked over while they were still working but I realized it is all about learning something from my class not finishing the tasks. I could do that better if I had an idea about their class profile as I would encouraged good students to work with low ones so I mix the classroom kindly without obviously explaining the real reason. I learnt that group or pair work is more effective when students could help each other and help the teacher as well.