Moroccan Universities’ Scholars Meet at Al Akhawayn to Discuss the Use of ICT in Language Teaching and Learning in Morocco
Ifrane, September 21, 2011 – Over 30 university professors researching and experiencing the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) attended the forum on the Use of ICTs in Languages Teaching and Learning in Morocco held at Al Akhawayn University and co-organized with IRCAM.
Organized by different units at Al Akhawayn (the Center for Learning Technologies, the Language Center, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences) and sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the event was an opportunity for the participants to exchange ideas and experiences and to encourage the use of ICT in teaching.
A series of presentations questioned the value of the use of ICT as a must or as a possible option, and analyzed various aspects of this approach. The themes went around the ICT in Moroccan education and its challenges and perspectives, and particularly basing teaching foreign languages on the information technology support. Specific projects were presented, cases were analyzed, and statistical figures about the use of ICTs among different demographic categories were explained thoroughly.
Mr. Abdelmajid Bouziane, a faculty member at the School of Letters and Humanities at Hassan II University in Casablanca said that “I will go home with two things. First, exploring and knowing more about ICT projects in Morocco and people behind these projects. The second thing is the usefulness of ICT for learning and teaching languages.”
Dr. Ahmed Legrouri, Vice President for Academic Affairs expressed his pleasure to see all the presentations taking multi-disciplinary actions and engaging the university to support the use of ICT in teaching in general.
The participants involved were from different Moroccan Universities and institutions namely Hassan II University in Casablanca, Moulay Ismail University in Meknes, Royal Institute for Amazigh Culture in Rabat, and the Ministry of Education in addition to Al Akhawayn faculty.