WHY NEED INSTITUTE OF MODERN LANGUAGES?
If you closely observe when Somali students finish secondary education and join universities, majority of them come with two major problems: they are poor in English and/or mathematics. This makes it hard for students to really take advantage of the educational life in universities because they are struggling with understanding the language rather than learning the content. For example, when reading books, some of them look for the translations of words instead of learning the overall content.
SIMAD UNIVERSITY is one of those universities facing this challenge. Therefore, it became a must for the university to find a way to tackle this problem, and that is why we contracted with Ednastics.
WHO ARE EDNASTICS?
Ednastics is an international firm based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They are committed to the development and implementation of best practices for second language acquisition, teaching and assessment. They provide services across East Africa and the Gulf Region (see below image). As their mission states, “Ednastics inspires dynamic learning that is internationally transferrable, locally sustainable and personally meaningful for students in the 21st century and beyond”.
AGREEMENT BETWEEN SIMAD AND EDNASTICS
SIMAD UNIVERSITY signed an official agreement with Ednastics. SU Rector, Ustad Dahir Hassan Arab signed the agreement at Ednastics’ headquarter in Dubai.
Ednastics will provide the technical expertise, as well as program administration, curriculum/materials development, teacher recruitment/training, technological integration and the assessment of skills in accordance with international standards (TOEFL iBT, IELTS and TOEIC). This is part of SIMAD University’s goal in offering education of the highest quality in Somalia.
WHAT IS THE CONTRACT ABOUT?
Ednastics offers different programs for different audiences, but SIMAD will use the “English Language Teaching and Testing” service offered by Ednastics. This service includes:
- University Foundation Programs – bridge or EAP (English for Academic Purposes) programming to prepare students linguistically and academically for entry into post-secondary study with English language as the medium of instruction.
- Private Language Schools Programs – general ELT (English Language Training) programs for any audience or proficiency level.
- Corporate English Teaching Programs – customized ESP (English for Specific Purposes) programs for business, aviation, medical, tourism, etc.