Activities

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY JOINS HANDS WITH KUST

posted Aug 2, 2017, 9:43 AM by Muayad Jajo   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 10:39 AM ]

Global Launch at Arizona State University (ASU) started a joint project with Komar University of Science and Technology (KUST) when a number of faculty members from Komar University were enrolled in the advanced teacher training program Teach English Now in May 31, 2017.  Project Manager Dr. Joseph Axel from ASU has been orchestrating the collaboration and making sure that the pedagogical objectives of the program are met and coming to fruition on the ground.  A road map has already been drafted for a much more aspiring collaborative project to be launched in 2018.



Dr. Joseph Axel (ASU)
Program Manager of the Teacher Training Program in Iraq

Metaphors in Use

posted May 3, 2017, 3:51 AM by Muayad Jajo   [ updated May 16, 2017, 10:50 PM ]

The First Symposium on Language and Literature titled “Metaphors in Use” was held on May 11, 2017 in the KUST Auditorium at Komar University of Science and Technology. The symposium was organized by the Department of English at Komar University in collaboration with Komar Research Center (KRC). The speakers are prominent professors of English and educations who come from Komar University, Sulaimaniya University and Cihan University: Dr. Ala Talabani, Mr. Jutyar Salih, Mr. Arsto Ahmed, Mr. Jalal M. Al-Razaz, Dr. Azad H. Fatah and Mr. Zana Hassan. Details about the speakers and their presentations are provided below.

The symposium revolves around the use of metaphors in English. It begins by outlining the basic elements of a metaphor and explains the types and requirements of metaphor. It then explains and illustrates the various uses and functions of metaphors in different everyday situations and educational contexts.

President of Komar University Dr. Salah Aziz and Vice President Dr. Jalal Saeed honored the event with their presence. Director of Komar Research Center (KRC) Dr. Zmnako Awrahman, CIEP Academic Director Dr. Zanyar Faiq, a number of CIEP instructors including Ms. Zareena Younis and Ms. Arezou Karimi, KUST faculty members and staff as well as teachers from other universities also attended the symposium. A number of KUST and CIEP students also showed up for the event. The speakers were awarded certificates of appreciation by KRC at KUST. The event was photographed by Mr. Balen and Miss. Aziz Aras.


Symposium Photos













Symposium and Speaker Details

Symposium Title

The department of english first symposium on language and literature: Metaphors in use

Organizing Department / Center / Unit

Department of English in Collaboration with Komar Research Center (KRC)

Symposium Duration:

2 hours

Symposium Date and Time

Thursday May 11, 2017

1:00 p.m.

Place

KUST Auditorium

Symposium Description

This symposium revolves around the use of metaphors in English.  It begins by outlining the basic elements of a metaphor and explains the types of metaphor used in English.  It then shows the uses and functions of metaphors in various everyday situations and academic contexts.

LOs

Identify metaphors and their basic elements in the English language

Recognize metaphors in English language and literature

Generate effective metaphors in English

USE metaphors effectively in academic contexts and within a classroom environment for better communication and elucidation

Targeted Audience

KUST and non-KUST community, particularly faculty members, educators, teachers, and students, who wish to learn (more) about metaphors and their uses, and who like to boost their communication skills in English.

Number of Speakers / Presenters

6

Number of Lectures / Presentations

5

Speaker and Lecture / Presentation Details

First Speaker

Name

Dr. Ala Talabani

Current Position and Work Address

Vice President for Student Affairs and teacher of English at Komar University of Science and Technology

Brief Bio

Ala Talabani is the Vice President for Student Affairs and a faculty member at the Department of English, Komar University of Science and Technology.  She has earned a B.A., an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English and American literature.

Contact Info

Email:

talabani.ala@komar.edu.iq

Title of Lecture / Presentation

“What Constitutes a Metaphor?”

Abstract

This presentation introduces the audience to one of the most important figures of speech in English language and literature: the metaphor.  It explains the essential elements and requirements of a metaphor and outlines the various types of metaphor with illustrations.

Lecture / Presentation Duration

20 minutes

Second and Third Speakers

Name of Second Speaker

Mr. Jutyar Salih

Current Position and Work Address

Teacher at Sulaimani University and visiting lecturer at UHD

Brief Bio

Jutyar Salih (also Jutyar Zhazhlaiy( is a university teacher, published translator, short story writer and animal activist. He has earned his BA in English Language and Literature from University of Sulaimani and his MA in English Literature from University of Essex/ UK. Since 2007, Mr Salih has been publishing written and translated literary texts and short stories in local newspapers, magazines, and websites. His debut translated book, Sêşemman legel Morîy (Tuesdays with Morrie) came out in 2014 and became #1 bestseller in Sulaimani months after its publication. He published a second book- a translation of The Five People You Meet in Heaven- in 2016. Mr Salih is now teaching translation and literature classes at the Department of English/ University of Sulaimani, he is also a PhD candidate in English literature.

Contact Info

jutyar.salih@univsul.edu.iq

Name of Third Speaker

Mr. Arsto Ahmed

Current Position and Work Address

Teacher at Sulaimani University and visiting lecturer at Cihan University,

Brief Bio

Ahmed is a university instructor and lecturer. He has his BA in English Language and Literature from University of Sulaimani and his MA in English Literature from Exeter University. He is currently a member of staff at the Department of English at University of Sulaimani and a lecturer at Cihan University.

Contact Info

arsto.ahmed@hotmail.com

Title of Lecture / Presentation

Laughter Metaphors

Abstract

Metaphors are not magic words that appear only in poems and novels. They can rather be created by all of us, perhaps unknowingly, in various everyday situations. Sometimes, especially in literature, metaphors carry symbolic and/or aesthetic values, but some other times they only provoke delighted laughter. This presentation focuses on some funny and creatively-constructed metaphors that, when spoken, delight people and bring much laughter to participants of conversations.

Lecture / Presentation Duration

20 minutes

Fourth Speaker

Name

Mr. Jalal M. Al-Razaz

Current Position and Work Address

Lecturer at the Department of English, Cihan University, and Online Moderator at Arizona State University / Coursera TESOL Program

Brief Bio

Jalal M. Al-Razaz has been mainly involved in teaching English and American literature courses at undergraduate and graduate levels for most of his career as a university professor; also, Communication and Critical Thinking, College Writing, Translation, as well as EFL/ESL and preparatory courses for IELTS and TOEFL. Further, he is co-author of a book: “Eighteenth Century English Poetry” and several books in translation for the Center for Arab Gulf Studies (Basrah University). He is a career translator and, in his expat years, he has been professionally involved with interpretation for several establishments in the U.A.E., mainly the US TealTeam (World Bank Conference) and (Dubai International Film Festival). He was also, for two years, Arabic editor of three bilingual magazines published by The Media Factory, FZ LLC, Dubai Media City. His recent interests extend to web skills and educational technology.  Hobbies, among other things: creative writing, photography, and tennis.

Contact Info

Email:

alrazaz@gmail.com

Linkedin:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jalal-m-al-razaz-04ba073a

Personal Blog:

http://mywebsource.blogspot.com

Title of Lecture / Presentation

“Metaphors in Life and Literature”

Abstract

Metaphors are not only common but also an integral part of human culture, life, and literature. They have attracted the attention of people from different specializations, including professionals in the fields of philosophy, language and linguistics, rhetoric, as well as psychology- among other disciplines. These professionals look at the subject from expert points of view and come up with intricate definitions, the interpretation of which sometimes requires close scrutiny. The general speakers and readers- including students in our case, however, are usually fascinated but also sometimes intrigued by the subject. The presentation introduces metaphor through a survey of the intricate definitions- that may challenge the readers, to conclude with a view that makes the subject within the reach of the individual who wishes to enjoy rather than be baffled by the subject.

Lecture / Presentation Duration

20 minutes

Fifth Speaker

Name

Dr. Azad H. Fatah

Current Position and Work

Chairman of the English Department in Sulaimani University and Lecturer at the English Department at Komar University of Science and Technology

Brief Bio

Dr. Azad H. Fatah is currently the lecturer at Komar University of Science and Technology and the chairman of the English Department in Sulaimani University. He obtained his MA in English Syntax and his PhD in Cognitive Linguistics. He translated the book from English into Kurdish entitled Handbook for Journalists (2003). He published three articles about both English and Kurdish morphology and semantics. He was the member of more than 8 MA examining committees in English Language and linguistics and supervised two MA students. Now, he is giving BA and MA courses in different universities.

Contact Info

azad.hasan@komar.edu.iq

Title of Lecture / Presentation

Conceptual Metaphor: a Cognitive Account

Abstract

Metaphor is a device employed to explain the nature of complex issues or hard-to- understand ideas. Unlike the classical view which sees metaphor as a literary feature of language or a figurative use of language, Cognitive Semantics views it as a process which helps to conceptualize a particular concept in different ways. He tries to focus on the conceptual structures, patterns of metaphor, and types of metaphor from that cognitive perspectives.

Lecture / Presentation Duration

20 minutes

Sixth Speaker

Name

Mr. Zana Hassan

Current Position and Work Address

Instructor at Sulaimani University and visiting lecturer at Komar University of Science and Technology

Brief Bio

Zana Mahmood Hassan was born in 1987 in Sulaimani, Iraq. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in the English Language at the University of Sulaimani, Iraq in 2008. He then studied his Masters in TESOL at the University of Huddersfield in the UK in 2012 .  He has published some academic papers related to EFL teaching and material evaluation.  He is now a PhD student in Applied Linguistics.  He is currently teaching EFL at University of Sulaimani and a visiting Lecturer at KUST.

Contact Info

Email:

zana.hassan@komar.edu.iq

Title of Lecture / Presentation

“Teachers' Use of Metaphors in Class”

Abstract

This presentation focuses on the metaphorical expressions that are commonly used inside the class by teachers to explain topics.  It is important that learners have some idea about those expressions in order to understand the teacher's point of view when s/he uses those expressions.

Lecture / Presentation Duration

20 minutes

Symposium Schedule:

Time

Activity

1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.

Introducing the Symposium (Dr. Muayad Jajo)

1:05 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.

“What Constitutes a Metaphor?” (Dr. Ala talabani)

1:25 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

“LAUGHTER METAPHORS” (Mr. jutyar salih and Mr. arsto ahmed)

1:45 p.m.– 2:05 p.m.

“Metaphors in Life and Literature” (Mr. Jalal M. Al-Razaz)

2:05 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

BREAK

2:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Conceptual Metaphor: a Cognitive Account (dr. azad h. fatah)

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“Teachers' Use of Metaphors in Class” (Mr. Zana Hassan)

3:00 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Concluding the Symposium (Dr. Muayad Jajo)



Write it Right: A Workshop on Academic Writing

posted Apr 30, 2017, 10:50 PM by Muayad Jajo   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 7:36 AM ]






Workshop Title

Write it Right: A Workshop on Academic Writing

Organizing Department

Department of English

Presenters

Dr. Muayad Jajo (Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of English, Komar University of Science and Technology)

 

Miss. Zareena Younis (English-Language Instructor at the Center of Intensive Language Programs, Komar University of Science and Technology)

Brief Bios

Muayad Jajo is a university professor of English.  He teaches Ph.D. students of English as well as other postgraduate and undergraduate students.  In addition to teaching English and American Literature, Comparative Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, ESL, EPC and ESP, he is a Japanologist, course designer, educator, teacher trainer, composer, encyclopedist, guitarist, vocalist, acoustician, music theorist, poet, painter, graphic and 3D designer, visual FX expert, researcher, stage performer, C# programmer, NLP and mind control tactician.  Currently he is the chairman of the Department of English at Komar University of Science and Technology, member of the Academic Promotion Committee at Komar and the president of Japan Friendship Association. Over the last three decades, he taught over 20,000 university students, gave over 100 different courses at various universities, institutes and language centers, translated textbooks, supervised postgraduate students, wrote and performed music and designed over 35 courses.

 

Zareena Younis is a senior English Instructor in the Center of Intensive English Program at Komar University of Science and Technology (KUST).  She is teaching pre-academic students and had also taught Academic English Writing II.  Zareena was previously a paralegal and advocate for human rights in the UK.  She assisted a human rights organization (cage prisoners) on two research papers to do with the war on terror and ghost renditions.  Her interests include charity work, exploring different cultures, and travelling.

Workshop Duration:

2 hours

Workshop Date and Time

Thursday May 25, 2017

Place

KUST Auditorium

Workshop Description

This workshop outlines the core principles of effective academic writing in English.  It is divided into two parts.  The first part begins by introducing the audience to the importance, uses and applications of academic English and then draws attention to some misconceptions about its use.  It then explains with illustrations each principle.  The second part of the workshop engages the audience members into a problem-solving activity in which they are required to convert a non-academic passage into an academic one by applying the principles explained.

LOs

Identify the principles of academic English

Convert non-academic English-language discourse into academic English

Generate effective discourse in Academic English

Targeted Audience

KUST and non-KUST community, particularly faculty members, researchers, scholars and students, who wish to acquire, or improve their, academic writing skills in English or in any other language.

Workshop Schedule:

Time

Activity

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Introduction to the Academic Writing

·         Importance, Uses and Applications of Academic English

·         Illustration

·         Misconceptions

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Principles of Academic Writing:

·         Documentation

·         Accuracy

·         Precision

·         Objectivity

·         Linearity

·         Unity

·         Terminology

·         Style

·         Grammar

·         Sentence Structure

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Members of the audience receive a passage written in non-Academic English and are asked to convert it to academic English by applying the principles elaborated above.


Photos of the Workshop:







Komar University Day 2017

posted Apr 25, 2017, 10:37 PM by Muayad Jajo   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 10:37 PM ]

Please click here or the image below to watch this video documentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiwfMduzCkw

The Principles of Academic English

posted Mar 30, 2017, 10:24 PM by Muayad Jajo   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 10:50 PM ]


A lecture given by Dr. Muayad Jajo in coordination with the directors of the Center of Intensive English ProgramS at Komar University of Science and technology ms. Awat aziz and dr. zanyar faiq


What are the principles that govern academic English?
What makes academic English academic?
What are the differences between academic English and non-academic English?

How can teachers prepare students for academic courses?




BOOSTING YOUR CV WRITING SKILLS

posted Mar 11, 2017, 2:24 AM by Muayad Jajo   [ updated Apr 5, 2017, 9:39 AM ]

BOOSTING YOUR CV WRITING SKILLS
A VIDEO CONFERENCE
(March 25, 2017) 
hosted by the department of English, Al-nisour University College
Dr. Muayad Jajo (Chairman of the Department of English, Komar University of Science and Technology)
Ms. Samar Sami (Assistant instructor, Department of English, Al-Nisour University College)

This 1-hour conference aims at providing students with the CV-writing skills they need to lend them a better edge in today’s highly competitive and ever-growing job market. It also aims at boosting the CV-writing skills for students already familiar with the basics of writing CVs and résumés.

OUTLINE
  • Introduction (Ms. Samar Sami) 5 minutes
  • Writing Effective CVs (Dr. Muayad Jajo): Overview / Dos and Don’ts / CV Sections / Master and Dynamic CV s / CV-Related Documents 20 minutes
  • Q&A (Audience and Presenters) 30 minutes
  • Conclusion (Ms. Samar Sami) 5 minutes

Online CV Writing Workshop

posted Feb 9, 2017, 8:27 AM by Muayad Jajo   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 8:28 AM ]

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cvwritingworkshop/


Perhaps you want to help people write or improve their CVs, or you want to seek help to improve your own CV writing skills. Maybe you need to get professional tips on CV writing, get updates on what’s new in the CV-writing world, or forward your own CV to pros who can proofread it and give you some practical advice to improve it and boost your chances of getting a better job. Probably you just want to get into the loop of folks who are into CV writing. Whatever your CV interests are, you’ve come to the right place.

Admins:
Dr. Muayad Jajo
Ms Kizhan Salar

Click the image above or Here Here to join.

"A Woman in the Making" by Chro Chusti

posted Feb 5, 2017, 11:34 AM by Muayad Jajo   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 11:56 AM ]


"A WOMAN IN THE MAKING"
An inspirational speech by 
Chro Chusti

In this speech (a.k.a “The Silver Spoon Speech”), addressed specifically to women who feel that their aspirations are thwarted by overpowering challenges and circumstances, CHRO CHUSTI reassuringly invites her audience to consider the fact that absence of knowledge about the future could be the very key to positive persistence and perseverance.

Aziz Aras as TA

posted Feb 1, 2017, 12:37 PM by Muayad Jajo   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 12:39 PM ]


First-year student AZIZ ARAS from the Department of English in Komar University, decides to spend the Spring 2017 semester doing volunteer work as a TA at the department.  "It is a great pleasure for me", says Aziz, "to work as a volunteer TA at the Department of English. I love to be of help. I would like to gain experience, have a better chance to communicate and acquire further academic skills that will help me build up my future career."

2016: A Year in Review

posted Jan 27, 2017, 7:50 AM by Muayad Jajo   [ updated Jan 27, 2017, 7:54 AM ]


This video documents the 2016 events and activities of the Department of English at Komar University of Science and Technology.

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