Tulkarem, the capital of the Tulkarem governorate, is a city of 50,000 situated in the northwestern region of the West Bank about 15 km from Nablus. The climate is typical to the Mediterranean area. The average temperature in the winter ranges from 8 to 16 °C (46 to 61 °F), while the average temperature in the summer ranges from 17 to 30 °C (63 to 86 °F). Tulkarem is not a frequent tourist destination. The pace of daily life is slow and relaxed, and the city has limited recreational facilities. Although the society is conservative, the people of Tulkarem are friendly, open-minded, and respectful of foreigners. Foreigners do not typically have difficulty traveling to other West Bank cities or crossing into Israel. However, travel to other parts of the West Bank can be challenging for Palestinian residents of Tulkarem due to the political and security situation.
Host Institution: Palestine Technical University – Kadoori (PTUK)
PTUK has three branches: Tulkarem (main branch), Ramallah, and Al-Arroub (Hebron district). The work of the Fellow is expected to take place across the three branches: two days in the main branch in Tulkarem, one day in Ramallah, and one day in Al-Arroub. The Ramallah and Al-Arroub branches were only absorbed into the PTU system in 2017. University administration is prioritizing the provision of more offerings in those locations to more fully integrate them into PTUK. The work of the Fellow across all three campuses will support this integration project. The university administration promotes a culture of respect, fairness, and teamwork among its staff across the three campuses. Its employees are engaged in the community and take their responsibility of building the next generation seriously. The administration believes the development of academic staff is essential for PTUK’s continued success. The Fellow will work closely with the English language staff in the Languages Department at PTUK to enhance their English teaching capacity, and to provide educators and learners with better professional and social English language communication skills. Although some of the staff have studied and lived abroad, the vast majority of the students have never left the West Bank. Many have never traveled outside of Tulkarem. The university community is generally conservative, but students are eager to learn more about the world outside the West Bank. The Fellow will have many opportunities to be involved in extracurricular activities, which will help build trust and promote a positive image of the American people and culture.
- The Fellow will teach written communication skills for workplace success for a pilot group of high-performing students who pass English at the three campuses: Tulkarem, Ramallah, and Hebron.
- The Fellow will prepare a group of selected students for TOEFL and IELTS English Exam at the main campus of PTUK.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Conduct a needs assessment of the English Department’s teaching methods and current English language curricula (English I and English II).
- Build the capacity of English language instructors based on the findings of the needs assessment and contribute to improving the English language curricula for English I and English II classes.
- Teach an English language communications skills course for PTUK academic and administrative staff at three campuses: Tulkarem, Ramallah, and Hebron.