Irbid is located in the far north west of Jordan in the Yarmouk River basin and Jordan Valley, and is located about 88 km away from Amman, the capital. It has the second largest population in Jordan after Amman, and the highest population density in the country – a population of 1.7 million.
Transportation is easy to find in Irbid, either to use inside the city or to travel to other locations in Jordan. The city enjoys moderate weather throughout the year; however, one requires warm clothes (coats and raincoats) in the winter especially from December to March. There is a small expat community associated with INGOs and the area has a welcoming attitude toward foreigners. It also has wide access to amenities and a wide range of restaurants offering different cuisines in addition to local food.
Host Institution: Yarmouk University
The English Department at Yarmouk University was established in 1976. It provides courses in language, linguistics, literature, comparative literature, translation, and writing. It also provides major and minor English programs. In addition to the B.A. in English Language and Literature, the Department offers two M.A. English programs: Language and Linguistics, and Literature and Criticism. M.A. students can follow one of two study tracks: The Thesis Track or The Comprehensive Exam Track. There are about 300 M.A. students in the two tracks, and about 1,000 B.A. students. Until 2010, the Department offered an M.A program in Translation. This program was moved then to the newly established Translation Department. There are 26 faculty members in the Department; most received their M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in British or American universities. The faculty members also participate in the courses and language services which Queen Rania Centre for Consultations and Community Services offers to the local community. Such courses cover English for engineers, English for physicians, English for bank officials, and English in many other occupational fields.
- The Fellow will teach courses at the English Department, the Translation Department, and the Language Center. He/she will teach undergraduate students first and second level English courses that deal with grammar, reading, writing, and speaking. He/she might also teach advanced courses when needed.
- The Fellow will work with the teaching staff on TESOL methods and techniques, materials development and testing and evaluation.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Conduct conversation courses, training programs, workshops, and cultural activities in English with the students and staff at the English Village of the University.
- Conduct outreach activities as determined by the Regional English Language Office, such as with the English Access Microscholarship Program.