On 11 April 2022, a group of first-year students from the Biomedical Sciences Department of Cihan University-Erbil participated in two interesting English language activities at the university library. The activities were conducted by Ms. Zeena with the objectives to have the students to make use of the educational sources available in the library and to be able to communicate their thoughts about the medical topic given.
The first activity incorporated two skills, namely listening and speaking. In this activity, the students were required to work in groups to watch an online English video using the computers available in the library. The video assigned to each group was different from one another and all were medical topics. Each group was asked to summarize and verbally share their understanding of the contents of the given video with the members of their group, in order to identify the specific medical topic given. The students expressed that the topic of each video given was interesting, however challenging.
The second activity which involved reading, writing, and speaking skills ranged from each group searching for further information about the same medical topic given in the first activity for additional areas required from them, brainstorming for ideas, creating a mind map to visualize their thoughts, and to communicating them to their classmates. The students were initially provided with instructions about the ways to perform the tasks given. All groups were competing to complete the assigned tasks within the allocated time and they made a great attempt.
Both activities ended with compliments being given to the students on their teamwork and active participation.