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English Communication Skills

The English Communication Skills Program at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) is a mirror program of the English Department at the Main Campus (Al Kurah), with the same requirements for entry. The same courses are offered at FHS as well as on the Main Campus, with close coordination. Students may take their English courses at either the Achrafieh or the Al Kurah campuses; students based on the Al Kurah Campus may choose to take their English courses at the Achrafieh Campus.

Additional course offerings in the Program at FHS include elective courses that are designed to meet student and program interests, including a course entitled "The Art of Public Speaking", an elective course, ENGL 200 to upgrade the proficiency of French Nursing students, and Continuing Education courses (CEP 002 and 003) that target the needs of personnel at St George Hospital University Medical Center. Students may also get involved in the various activities led by the Program, including theatre, public speaking, and guest speakers.

The coordinator of the English Program, Ms. Suhaila Salem, has been the coordinator of the Program for over twelve years and is the link between the Al Kurah Main Campus and the FHS.


Activities

The English Communication Skills Program is a small but highly active Program, involved in many diverse activities alongside its academic offerings. Activities are intended to contribute to the University’s mission of preparing students to achieve solid communication and language skills, and to develop a critical and reflective appreciation of the local and world literary and cultural heritage. Activities have included public speaking competitions, theatre productions, scrabble competitions​, and hosting of guest speakers.

Since 2004, the FHS has participated in the National Public Speaking Competition, a yearly competition organized by the English Speaking Union (ESU) and funded by the HSBC Bank. Ms. Nayiri Baboudjian, herself an ESU alumnus, has trained more than a half dozen students to participate in this event. Three of her students (Ms. Loren Eid in 2004, Mr. Jad Khoury in 2008, and Mr. Moataz El Israwi in 2010) won the National Competition and made it to the London finals to participate in the International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC).

In 2010, Mr. Moataz El Israwi (Junior, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Pre-Med. student) won the international competition (IPSC), which took place at the HSBC headquarters in London. Eighty participants from more than 45 countries gave impressive speeches about the year's theme: "Speculating on Our Future". Moataz's speech dealt with the issue of overpopulation and was entitled "Oops, I'm Pregnant…. Again!". His coach, Ms. Nayiri Baboudjian, accompanied him to London.

In November 2010, Moataz El Israwi and his coach were invited to go back to London a second time. During the Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Moataz received the Winner's Trophy and a certificate from Prince Philip in person.​

"Speculating on Our Future". Moataz's speech dealt with the issue of overpopulation and was entitled "Oops, I'm Pregnant…. Again!". His coach, Ms. Nayiri Baboudjian, accompanied him to London.

In November 2010, Moataz El Israwi and his coach were invited to go back to London a second time. During the Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Moataz received the Winner's Trophy and a certificate from Prince Philipin person.

The English Communication Skills Program has hosted many speakers throughout the years, such as:
  • Dr. Syrine Hout (Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the American University of Beirut)

  • Ms. Zeina Khalil (Artist, Activist, and writer of Beirut, I Love You: A Memoir)

  • Ms. Karen Estefane (Head of Research at Skoun, Lebanese Addiction Center)

  • Ms. Juheina Fakhreddine Yakzan (Instructor of Communication Skills courses at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University)
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