Friday, September 28, 2012

Free Course for English Teachers on American Culture

If you are a Moroccan teacher of English in a junior high or high school, here is a free course to help you with your language skills, while providing engaging lessons on American Culture.

Run at the American Language Center on Wednesday nights, the popular course on Advanced American Cultural Studies will explore literature, film, art, music and architecture and give teachers a chance to practice and extend their English skills.

Director of the American Language Center, David Amster, says that the course is based on one he taught in Egypt about 15 times. “The reality for Moroccan English teachers is that while studying at University, their English is at a high level. Then when teaching students, they don’t have the opportunity to converse with native speakers, so their skills sometimes decline. The idea is to offer a special class to help English teachers practice at a high level with a native speaker on a regular basis.”

As well as covering contemporary culture and some classic aspects of American culture in the fields of music, cinema, literature, art and architecture, the two hour course will be different each time, so students can repeat it.

The teacher of the course, Jamal Morelli is well qualified, being a teacher of English at the ALC. He has also taught documentary film making at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, and is a former professional musician. "I am going to start with with best-selling literature to look at the impact of America and the way we experience art," he says.

Amster says that the American Language Center is holding this course “as part of an effort to support the public school system. When we give out scholarships, it benefits just a few students. But it has a far greater impact if we can help English teachers improve their skills.”

Who: Teachers of English at Junior High and High Schools
When: Fall Term, October 3rd to December 9th, Wednesday from 6:40 – 8:50 PM
Where: American Language Center, Fez
Cost: FREE (with a 600 DH deposit to be refunded upon completion of the course)
Contact: Tel – 0535.62.48.50 or email-


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