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The Faculty of Social Sciences Air University, Islamabad in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission organized a seminar on ?Ã‡Â£Current trends: Negotiating Space in English?Ã‡Â¥ on 11 December, 2010 after successful completion of a two-day workshop on Systemic Functional Linguistics. The seminar held under the Air University English Language Linguistics Research Group (ELL) addressed the research demands and challenges that are faced by postgraduate Pakistani students enrolled in the discipline of English studies. It aimed to bring together scholars and experts on a forum, where they could voice their ambiguities, share research ideas, and seek guidance from their colleagues in the field of English language and literary studies.
The seminar began with the recitation of the Holy Quran. Prof Abida Hassan, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Air University welcomed the participants of the seminar. The key note speaker at the seminar was Professor Emeritus Mcquarie University, Sydeny, Dr Ruqaiyah Hasan. In her paper ?Ã‡Ã¿The anatomy of verbal art: thoughts on engaging with language in literature?Ã‡Ã–, she drew insights from linguistics that could be applied to literature.
The plenary speaker Dr Riaz Hassan, Dean Quality Assurance at National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, in his paper ?Ã‡Ã¿Unresolved language issues in Pakistan?Ã‡Ã– traced a brief history of language planning in Pakistan. The speaker?Ã‡Ã–s first concern was higher education, which cannot be separated from the society it is supposed to serve. He pointed out that in the interests of internationalism, present approaches are outward rather than inward looking, but linguistically the nation is poorly prepared for it.
The seminar gave an opportunity to the postgraduate scholars to present their research ideas and learn from the ideas of the eminent scholars like Dr Samina Qadir, Dr Mubina Talaat, Dr Safeer Awan and Dr Hina Ashraf. Prof Zakia Sarwar, Chief Executive SPELT, also conducted a two-hour workshop during the parallel session of the seminar on How to Teach Language through Literature.
Presenters and participants joined the seminar from Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Multan, Swabi, Wah Cantt, Rawalpindi, Kohat, Muzaffarabad and Islamabad. The Dean of Social Sciences Air University thanked the presenters for sharing their valuable ideas with the audience and also gave away certificates to the participants.
British Council Pakistan set up an information booth, and the American Information Research Council distributed informational material among the participants
For Seminar Schedule please click here
Posted on: 12/21/2010 12:13:53 PM
The Faculty of Social Sciences at Air University, Islamabad,
organized a two-day workshop on ?Ã‡Â£New Concepts in English Linguistics and
Literary Studies: Systemic Functional Grammar?Ã‡Â¥ in
collaboration with the Higher Education Commission, Learning Innovation
Division on 9 and 10 December, 2010 at Air University.
The workshop began with an inaugural ceremony in which Dr Mubina
Talaat, Chair Department of Humanities, Air University gave a brief
introduction to the postgraduate programme offered by the Faculty of Social
Sciences, and of resource persons for
the workshop: Professor Emeritus, Sydney University Ruqaiyah Hasan and Prof
Kazuhiro Teruya from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Speaking on the occasion Director General, Learning Innovation
Division, Higher Education Commission Ms Noor Amna Malik, lauded the efforts of
Air University in promoting the study of linguistics through such useful
workshops and also running a successful postgraduate degree program in English
in the field of linguistics and literature. She assured of HEC?Ã‡Ã–s full support
for the initiatives of Air University for the professional development of
teachers through the English Language Teaching Reforms Programme.
During his address, the Vice Chancellor, Air Cdr. (R) Dr Ijaz A. Malik, reiterated his commitment to
providing the best quality education at Air University. He also thanked the
distinguished guests Prof Emeritus Ruqiya Hasan, Ms Noor Amna Malik, Prof Prof Zakia Sarwar, Mr Anthony Capstick, Prof
Dr Kazuhiro Teruya for their efforts.
Posted on: 12/21/2010 12:10:42 PM
Seminar in English Studies at Air University in collaboration with Higher Education Commission, ELTR Project Phase II, December 2010
The Faculty of Social Sciences at Air University, Islamabad, is pleased to extend an invitation to a seminar being arranged on Current Trends: Negotiating Space in English Studies scheduled on 11 December 2010 from 0900 to 1700 at the Air University Auditorium.
Keynote speaker: Professor Emeritus, Ruqaiyah Hasan Mcquarie University Sydney
Plenary speakers: Professor Emeritus, Thomas Christie, Manchester University
Prof. Riaz Hassan NUML University
This is a postgraduate conference to provide budding researchers a platform to share ideas, seek guidance and resolve controversies in the research journey they are embarked on. We expect prospective participants not just to attend this seminar, but also share thoughts on the above
mentioned topic and contribute to the research ideas and paradigm that is shaping Pakistan?Ã‡Ã–s academia. You are, therefore, invited to send us abstracts and full-length presentations on any idea/topic that you are researching in English Studies.
Participants interested in participating or presenting are advised to register through email. Please send abstracts and PowerPoint presentations to email@example.com by 29 November 2010 by 1630 at the latest.
Due to limited seats, and security concerns, an advance registration is requested.
Posted on: 11/13/2010 9:49:27 AM
We are pleased to announce the enthusiastic participation of the Department of Humanities at the 26th International ELT Conference arranged by SPELT in collaboration with Oxford University Press and Fatima Jinnah Women University.
Contributions of our faculty members in alphabetical order:
1. Ashraf, H. & Zufliqar, I. Perceiving CALL: Incorporating computer-based tasks in the English language syllabus. A workshop.
2. Hassan, A. The teaching of language through literature. A workshop.
3. Riaz, N. CMTs enable teachers to achieve teaching goals in large classrooms. A workshop.
We will update abstracts shortly.
Posted on: 10/25/2010 11:51:49 AM
In collaboration between HEC and Air University a workshop with the certificate course title Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) was arranged to educate/train the teachers from different organizations. This was a 36-hour training course to develop teachers?Ã‡Ã– skills in computer-assisted use of the teaching of English in the language classrooms at different levels. The workshop took place at the well-equipped language lab of Air University. The course started on 14 June and ended on 18th June by covering 3 modules daily.
Different teachers from well reputed institutions from Fazaia Inter College Jinnah Camp, Bilquis College of Education Chaklala Rwp, PAF College of Education, Lahore, Fazaia Inter College, Joint Staff Public School & College Chaklala, Fatima Jinnah Women University participated and learnt well with the new skills. The contents of the workshop included CALL objectives, premises and integration in the curriculum; pedagogical skills required for integrating CALL to the English curriculum, teacher development, CALL material design and projects that were later taken by the trainees to their institution.
HEC hired highly educated and skilled resource persons for the training of this workshop. Dr Hina Ashraf (Assistant Profesor/Chair Dept of Humanities) and Ms Irum Zulfiqar, a lecturer in the department devoted themselves whole-heartedly to the workshop to guide and train the participants.
At the end of the work shop Dr Ijaz A. Malik, Vice Chancellor, Air University, and the chief guest of the ceremony, distributed the certificates among the participants. Dr Ijaz A. Malik in his address congratulated the participants on their successful participation in the 36-hour CALL Certificate Course. Most of the teachers came from Air University affiliated colleges, and with the emphasis that Air University laid on integration of technology in teaching programs, the participants were lauded by the Vice Chancellor.
Posted on: 10/5/2010 11:02:17 AM
A trip to the National Language Authority has been arranged for the postgraduate students enrolled in the MS/MPhil Enlgish programme.
The trip intends to help students build up their understanding of the language planning process and how languages are standardized.
Transport will leave AU at 1000 on Wednesday 6 October 2010.
Posted on: 10/5/2010 10:43:29 AM
A seminar is scheduled for 28 April, 1530-1730 in Room A-101 for the postgraduate students of the MS/MPhil English class.
All interested are invited to attend.
For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 051 9262557-9 Ext 446
Posted on: 4/25/2010 11:40:27 PM
Seminar arranged by the Department of Humanities was scheduled for 27 March 2010
From theory to practice: Scope of research in English language and literature
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Posted on: 4/16/2010 12:00:00 AM
Researchers, scholars and educators from different universities throughout Pakistan participated and presented their work in the seminar. We had a wide range of topics addressed and the various dimensions to language learning and teaching were discussed in the seminar. The status English has acquired as the language of education, the official language of the state, and the borrowing of terms in Urdu, has drawn in people from all walks of life. Twenty-one participants from various institutions highlighted various challenges of second language and talked about crucial issues such as, social capital and the educational discourse, attitudes of students in second language classes, remediation and challenges, cognitive style and strategies and their role in language learning, issues about the improvement of language skills, faulty methodologies, improvement of language skills, language and Quran, power relations between the language of proverb, and bilingualism. The seminar was divided in three sessions that included presentations of papers, research groups?Ã‡Ã– formation and the formal launch of ELL. Schedule of the seminar
From theory to practice: "Scope of research in English language and literature". Ucomping seminar scheduled for 27 March 2010 on exploring possibilties of applying linguistic and literary theory to various areas of research in fields of interest for the MS/MPhil students and the Department of Humanities.
Posted on: 4/12/2010 12:00:00 AM
It is warmly annouced that Air University Portal launched. Please send us sign up request to join Air University ELL Portal. For queries please email at email@example.com
Posted on: 4/12/2010 12:00:00 AM