Posters for upcoming SALC workshops are now visible around campus. Please encourage your students to attend. The first two sessions are being run by learning advisors and are introductions to regular weekly activities. The IELTS Speaking Community is a weekly event that we hope will eventually be run by students for students. Even if students aren’t planning to take IELTS, students wishing to discuss academic topics in a supportive environment are welcome every Thursday in 6-201. The Conversation Club is open to all students and runs every Friday lunchtime. It’s a friendly and supportive session where students set the topics and organise participants into small groups. Learning advisors attend and support the group.
The second two workshops are being offered by ELI teachers and promise to be fun and lively sessions introducing students to strategies for learning, and an interesting insight into American culture.
For more details and the link for signing up, see this page: http://elisalc.org/workshops/
This is a brief update – posted in a quiet moment between SALC orientations!
We have already conducted orientations with 25 freshman classes and we have 20 more to go to reach everyone. It seems that the students are enjoying being in the SALC and are coming back regularly to use the facilities and chat with other students, learning advisors and teachers.
We have tried out a few new orientations activities this time. If you have any feedback or suggestions for us, please pass them on to any of the SALC team members (or email email@example.com). If you would like to schedule another SALC orientation for any of your classes, also please get in touch.
Modules and classes
The SALC is offering four, one-credit courses this year and 120 students from various departments have registered.
Module sign up is in progress. All SALC modules are non-credit and are not associated with any KUIS classes. The deadline for ELM 1 is May 7th and so far there are already over 80 sign ups. The deadline for ELM 2 has been extended to April 23rd and so far there have been 45 sign ups. Details of the modules and how to sign up are here: http://elisalc.org/modules/
Events this week
1. The Study Abroad meet up: lunchtime Thursday (23rd) at the yellow sofas. If any of your students have just come back from studying abroad, we will warmly welcome them back to the SALC and ELI Lounge. Other students interested in finding out more about their experiences can come along too. See flyers.
2. Friday lunchtime conversation club (Room 4-105). This is a regular event. See the posters for details.
3. Friday evening freshman welcome party (Balcone). See the posters for details.
We have updated our SALC app for the new academic year and are inviting students and colleagues to down load it (on campus only). Feel free to invite your students to download the app by following the link provided on Campus Web.
Teachers / staff can download the app from any of these locations:
Every semester the SALC offers a series of workshops in order to encourage learners to use the SALC and the materials in it. These workshops are run by ELI teachers and SALC learning advisors during weekday lunchtimes or during period 5. Continue reading
Throughout April, we will be giving SALC orientations to all KUIS students during their freshman English class time. Learning advisors will be contacting main freshman teachers soon to confirm and give more details about the process. The orientation will include:
- Pre-orientation activities
- During the orientation
- Meet in the Presentation Room
- Meet learning advisors
- Have an interactive tour of the SALC (the ELI teacher can do an ELI Lounge orientation during this time)
- Find out more about modules, the advising service, and making reservations
- After the orientation (optional)
If you are not a freshman English teacher, but would like to arrange an orientation for your class, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Link to the orientation schedule here
On March 31st, we gave an orientation for new ELI teachers. The session covered:
- What is the Self-Access Learning Centre?
- What is learner autonomy?
- How can we promote learner autonomy?
Explore the SALC
- How does the SALC support learners?
- What is ‘advising’?
- How can teachers use the SALC?
The slides can be viewed here.
If you are a teacher and would like to arrange a SALC orientation or tour, feel free to drop in or contact us (email@example.com)