Title: Thoughts on Social Responsibility Teaching and Learning in the Context of Middle Eastern University
Stream: Middle Eastern Studies (including Assyria, Iran, Egypt, Turkey)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Zainab Albalushi, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Most recent interdisciplinary initiatives and research projects in the context of Middle Eastern universities have given special importance to a new perspective on English teaching and learning that involves a change from a primary emphasis on language skills to focusing on the positive personality traits that strengthen confidence, openness and perseverance, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. One of such projects aimed at examining social responsibility as an ethical framework and how it is incorporated to support students’ development and enhancement of their skills in the learning space of the ESP courses in the higher education institutions in the Sultanate of Oman. The qualitative research paradigm was used to map out the paths to teaching social responsibility, provide detailed descriptions, discuss experiences, achievements, challenges, and inform future decisions. Particular attention was given to teacher provided considerations of socially responsible pedagogy illustrated by projects-related strategies and methods, including collaborative, constructive, and self-directed learning, that motivate and further develop students’ aptitudes and competencies, respond to their needs, improve their ethical and sensitive behavior, and contribute to their linguistic and socio-cultural advancement, and social responsibility.
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