ELC team attending international and local conferences

International Conferences

Ayten Adel, English language lecturer at the English language Center, Pharos University in Alexandria, went to Cyprus,Turkey to present a research paper about visual literacy in December 2019. She attended a conference and presented her reaseach paper at Cyprus International University in north Nicosia. The Dean of the faculty of Education at CIU gave Ayten a certificate and a medal as a token of appreciation

Andrew presented in Barcelona, Spain during the Annual Language Convention of the Catalonian Association of English Language Teachers on Item Analysis and its role in improving language tests. The conference took place between 30th Jan and 1st February 2020 at the Pompeu Fabra University where he spoke during the symposium: “Research-based tools for effective assessment.” Andrew offered the audience, who were all English Language Teachers and Assessment Specialists, useful tools on how to ensure their test items are not too easy or too difficult for their students. He also demonstrated how item discrimination could help in showing differences between students’ test performance. During the session, Andrew provided the attendees with some hand-on experience on the statistical methods used to calculate item facility and item discrimination and they all walked out with use assessment tools which they said would help in improving the quality of their tests.

 Local Conferences

It was an honor and a pleasure presenting in the NILE TESOL 2020 conference this year. My session was a 90 minutes workshop titled" Raising Culture Awareness Using Critical Thinking Skills in the ESL Classrooms".

The first part of the session discusses the importance of raising the awareness of the target
culture of the target language, and parallel to this raising the awareness of students' own culture in addition to their awareness of themselves as cultural beings.

I offered my audience several activities that we did together in the workshop like the identity wheel, and the Iceberg analogy, plus modeling a whole active listening lesson that targets to raise culture awareness using questions that urge students to use their critical thinking skills to answer. In the second part of the workshop, I stressed more on the importance of critical
thinking skills as one of the top skills on the list of the 21 st century skills. I linked it to Bloom's Taxonomy dividing them to HOTs & LOTS and applying the theoretical part by offering my audience a big variety of activities they can use when teaching language inside the classroom. At the end, I provided them with references to get back to if they want to dig more in the subject.
My audience in this session were teachers from different parts in Egypt. I had teachers from Cairo, Giza, El- Fayoum, etc. Teachers teaching different levels and age groups starting from upper junior to adults were welcome to attend. I had even kindergarten teachers who were really interested in the topic.

The interaction was really great inside the workshop. The attendees had the chance to work individually, in pair work, and also group work. They walked out happy with something solid in their hands to use and apply.
Several attendees emailed me to thank me and to ask for the material which I was happy to share with them stressing of course the importance of preserving and respecting the copyrights. At the end, I was really thrilled to go through such amazing experience that
added to me a lot. The experience of participating in a conference, sharing the knowledge and experience that I have, getting to know new people from all over Egypt and the world, learning from others, getting to know the updated methodologies and teaching techniques, all this and many more, that was amazing to go through.
Many thanks to all my management and all the people in Pharos University who
did their best to make this happen. Many thanks to the organizers in the AUC
who were really cooperative and helpful and supportive.

Indeed it was a WOW
experience that I would love to go for again, and wish to see more participation from my PUA ELC colleagues as presenters in the coming years.
Noha Hilmy

PUA Professional Development Day


Day: December,14th.
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: PUA English Language Centre
Attendees: 60 language teachers
Session 1 : Using Critical Thinking in ESL Classes
Session 2 : Integrating Running Dictation in your Teaching
Session 3 : Teaching Reading lessons
Session 4 : Using Drawing in Grammar Lessons
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ELC Professional Development

Nile TESOL 2019 at the AUC

PUA English Language Centre teachers attended a two-day conference in Cairo, the Nile TESOL at the AUC. During the two days, they attended different sessions for different speakers about the latest advanced ways for teaching for adults and young learners. The teachers are going to apply what did they benefit from in their classes to raise their students’ eagerness to learn the English language.

Adrian Underhill Pronunciation Course 2018

The course will take place from June 3rd to June 7th, 2018. Please pay a deposit of 50 USD in order to secure your seat.

Getting pronunciation out of the head and into the body

At Pharos University English Language Centre, Alexandria, Egypt

Programme description

Every lesson is already a pronunciation class, even if you do nothing about it. How can we turn this fact to advantage, enjoyably and successfully? How can we fully integrate pronunciation into our work on grammar, vocabulary and connected speaking?

How can we make pronunciation part of the glue that enables learners to fix and retain language, to reach easy intelligibility in their speaking and listening, to feel confident in themselves and to enjoy their learning?

This programme will develop insightful and practical answers to these questions, and enhance participants’ skill and confidence in their own pronunciation, and in bringing pronunciation learning to life.

Hands-on practical work beginning to end

This is a hands-on training programme of “doing pronunciation” involving working on sounds, words and connected speech for yourself and in your teaching.

You will develop your understanding and insight intp pronunciation and how it works in your muscles, breath and voice, learn and try out new teaching and learning techniques, receive practical guidance and tips, do micro teaching and relate this to your own teaching style.
You will receive a copy of the pronunciation chart for your classroom. 30 hour intensive programme. 30 participants.

To know more about Adrian Underhill, visit his website: http://www.adrianunderhill.com

and watch one of his videos:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kAPHyHd7Lo

For further queries, call +203 3877 342/347 or

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Professional Development Adrian Underhill Pronunciation Course 2018

Listening and Reading workshop for Pharos University, Alexandria

Thom Kiddle (6- 8February, 2018)
Workshop 1: Reading for Skills and Language development
Workshop 2: Listening for Listening Skills Development
Workshop 3: Listening and Reading for Developing Speaking Skills

The three-day workshop started by focusing on a preconception of the role of grammar in language teaching. Thom adopted a revolutionized approach to teaching grammar through developing teacher language awareness. The session mainly had a holistic grammar perspective; investigating how teachers can look beyond the way grammar is presented in course books in order to make it useful for learners in real life. The second day explored strategies and activities for developing reading skills discussing the benefits of teaching extensive and intensive reading skills by using international exam papers. Participants were encouraged, by the end of the day, to look beyond the question types to identify the measured skills and testing them, and focus instead on choosing student-enticing texts. Thom included digital tools that can inform teachers how to extend students vocabulary range and the use of structures. Finally, the last day focused on listening skills using Field’s 2012 cognitive framework of listening to identify different aspects of listening skills. Thom used a range of web-based sources for activities to help teachers engage students so that they can gain real life listening practice skills.

Training Brief
Training task
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professional development

Pharos University and AUC Testing and Assessment Workshop

ELC’s Professional Development Unit- Pharos University was pleased to cooperate with the American University in organizing a one-day workshop entitled “Testing & Assessment”

This workshop was held on 8th April 2017, from 9 – 3, during which 3 workshops had been given. Two of ELC teachers had set up the first workshop entitled “Alternative Assessment”. The second one was held by Dr. Ramy Shabara with the title ” Task Based Assessment”. The final workshop was run by Ms. Hanaa Soudan entitled “Integrating Critical Thinking in ELT”.

The training was attended by approximately 280 English teachers, supervisors and a large number of students from Faculty of Education – Damanhur University.

By the end of the workshop, ELC’s Professional Development Unit carried out a survey to know the attendees feedback. The attendees filled the survey and showed their interest to attend more workshops organized by ELC’s Professional Development Unit.

• For more information, please contact us: 03 3877347 / 342 Or visit our website: https://beta.pua.edu.eg/education/centers/elc/professional-development/
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ELC Adrian Underhill Pronunciation Course

Teacher Training especially for teachers of English from governmental schools

ELC’s Professional Development Unit- Pharos University was pleased to set up one-day teacher development training especially designed for teachers of English teachers, governmental supervisors of English in Alexandria. The training focused on the new methodologies in Teaching English. The training was attended by 85 English teachers, coordinators, school supervisors and heads of departments from different schools in Alexandria.

At the beginning of the training, Mr. Nasef Maher gave a talk supporting Pharos University’s efforts to improve the English teachers’ professionalism in Alexandria.

The training included 4 workshops entitled: “Tenses 3D View”, “Helping Students become Better Writers”, “Using Short Films and Documentaries to Boost the Students’ Speaking Skills” and “How to Plan your Career Pathway as a Teacher of English?”.
The trainees filled a survey suggesting topics for next training sessions. Most suggestions were related to methods of teaching speaking and writing, as well as how to put exam questions.

It’s worth mentioning that this training session reflects PDU’s beliefs, as the Unit is looking forward to set more training sessions and workshops.

For more information, please contact us: 03 3877347 / 342

Or visit our website: https://beta.pua.edu.eg/education/centers/elc/professional-development/

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The 2016 Pharos University Professional Development Unit Workshops

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​Exam Item Editing Workshop photos Click here

PUA Professional Development Unit

A unit that serves teachers and educators in Alexandria and helps them develop professionally as teachers of English.

Are you ….


  • a novice teacher who wants to know the principles and practices of ELT?
  • a teacher who aims at developing their teaching career?
  • a teacher who aims at extending their knowledge of ELT methodology?
  • an experienced teacher who aims at further extending their experience and ELT knowledge?
  • a teacher who aims to be promoted to managerial posts?


​Book your teacher training courses with PUA Professional Development Unit.

Courses offered:


  • Management in ELT
  • Testing, Evaluation and Assessment
  • Advanced language, Materials and Methodology
  • Materials Development in ELT
  • From Teacher to Trainer
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Lesson Planning
  • Classroom Management
  • Language Analysis and Awareness (Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary)
  • Teaching Receptive Skills (Reading and Listening)
  • Teaching Productive Skills (Writing and Speaking)


All workshops are delivered face to face in PDU -PUA and/or at schools. Call us to check school discounts.
Some courses are offered online- Check group discounts for online courses booked through PUA.

​For more info, call us 03 3877 342 / 231/ 347
Or visit our page and post a question
​Or visit PUA Professional Development Unit located on the first floor of the Humanities and Social Studies Building – Room D135

Pharos University in Alexandria (PUA) is keen to provide continuous professional development training for the community’s English language teachers. Every month, PUA English Language Centre invites all English teachers to attend a one-day free training workshop (to follow up on our next training workshops, click here). Cambridge tutors and PUA CELTA certified teachers work together hand in hand to deliver sessions that focus on practical classroom ideas. Trainers and attendees look closely at a number of student-centred techniques.