Heather Baba

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FAE Instructor
Human İmpacts on Our Natural World

This course is designed to improve written and verbal academic and language skills, with emphasis placed on thesis-driven writing and semi-formal presentations and discussions. Students will interact critically through discussion and written tasks with diverse texts in varying genres (articles, reports, websites and newspaper/magazine items) linked to the theme of Human Impacts On Our Natural World - namely, how humans, intentionally or accidentally, are changing the nature (in both senses) of the world in which we live. Throughout the course, students will explore the influence of scientific progress and real/envisaged pre/post facto human error on the natural world. Students will attempt to answer questions such as: In what ways do or should we wield change on our environment – on the air we breathe, the weather we experience, the terrain in which we grow or food and gather useful and useable resources essential to life, and to the composition and extent of the very earth upon which we tread? What aspects or elements could or should be altered and by what means and to what justifiable ends? Answers to such questions will be explored and developed, based on class discussions of ideas/concepts generated through shared interpretations of the course materials related to the module themes of Weather Wizardry, Creative Cartography and Altering Agriculture. This course is aimed at the lay rather than expert participant – students with an intellectual and/or emotional interest in climate change and our environment now and for future generations.

There is no 'one size fits all'. Students should explore learning opportunities in order to discover the strategies which may best lead to their individual and collaborative success in whatever challenge is being faced at any given time ...

Presentations in the UAE, China and Australia on topics related to independent learning and learning resource centres


Exploring new places, reading, handicrafts, museums

My undergraduate degree in Modern Languages led to a career teaching English overseas. Along the way, I gained specialist diplomas in TESOL and Masters degrees in Applied Linguistics and Museum Studies. I was an active member of TESOL Arabia for many years and I am also involved with the IATEFL Learner Autonomy SIG. I have previously worked in Europe, the Middle East, China and Sudan.