Saudi Arabian educators gain new skills

This term, the College welcomes 25 educators from Ministry of Education Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (MEKSA) for a rotating 8-week programme of professional development and enrichment. The “Building Leadership through School Immersion” programme, facilitated by The University of Queensland, aims to raise the standard of English-language teaching through English proficiency enhancement and practical methodology training.
These educators will undertake an invaluable immersion experience at Calamvale Community College, under the supervision of our experienced teachers, and within authentic classroom contexts.
During this school experience placement at the College, these visiting educators will see the Queensland curriculum implemented in classrooms and gain practicum experience with our multicultural student base. They will also gain knowledge about how our students learn, what methodologies our teachers adopt, and how to engage with colleagues and the broader school community. It is hoped that such observation and participation will inform teacher practice and the applicability of this learning in Saudi Arabian classrooms.
October and November will see these educators rotating through several Year 7-12 classes, including English Literature, English Communication, English Enrichment, Humanities and Social Sciences, Philosophy and Reason, and Legal Studies.
At the end of their placement, these visiting educators will deliver an interactive presentation to our students about their own culture, such as the Arabic language and alphabet, traditional cuisine, dress and customs. As such, this programme will enrich the cultural knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity of both our school community and visiting teachers alike.