Mr. Faisal Shamali conducted a training workshop on 28th of November 2013, for all the teachers of Khalwa Secondary
School for Girls in Manama, Bahrain under the supervision of Ministry of Education. His topic was “ Edutainment as An
Authentic Opportunity for Learning and Fun in ESL/EFL Classrooms” He kicked off with defining the new old term
“ Edutainment” which is a blending of education and entertainment( Stealth Education); giving an overview about multifarious
overlapped topics such as Why Teachers effectively use games, simulations, role plays, learning spaces, virtual worlds, comics,
surveys, animations, second life, Edunation, face book, etc.
Mr. Shamali drew up different polls such as: Howoften do teachers usegames(ofanykind) inclassrooms?
Whendo teachersusegamesmostoften? Whathaveteachers used? Whatare theteachers likely to try? Lessonplans, Offlinegames/
activities, Simulations, Onlinegames, Facebookgames, SecondLife, Comicsand animation. 90 % of the teachers yelled
“We will use ALL of them” Others said we might use most of the effectively and but we cannot use other games due to the
class management issues.
Mr. Shamali introduced all different kinds of games which are now an integral part of most if not, all language teachers’
“bag of tricks” simply because they motivate and engage students in learning.
Mr. Shamali shed more light on the whys and hows of combining learning with fun, using computer, tablets, smart phones,
ipads, online resources inside and outside the classroom. This is called “ Community of Practice” which emphasizes the idea of
socially communicative sharing of knowing, knowledge and responsibility. Learners should use the things that they have learned
in the microcosmic classrooms and share them with the macrocosmic world: parents, sisters, brothers, friends, etc.
Mr. Shamali looked closely at lesson planning to incorporate edutainment; teacher resources for games and fun activities to
use offline resources in classrooms; online language skill-based games for students to play alone, with a partner, or with a group; templates for
teachers to use to create different kinds of interactive games, such as Jeopardy using PowerPoint; learning spaces such as The Sims;
and comics and animation creation tools for students or teachers to use.
Mr. Shamali mentioned many related websites which include handouts, interactive games and links to other useful offline
and online resources, compromising the use of simulations, learning spaces, face book games, comics, teacher templates (Jeopardy), etc. He played with the teachers some board
games like: job board and advice board games. They totally metamorphosed the workshop into more competitive learning
atmosphere. Teachers run to the board and write the correct answers, want to win the games. Plus, teachers played “ Grammar
Auction Game” which is adapted from British Council website. It was amazing to see teachers fight to buy the correct sentences and
keep their money. Not only this, but they also justify their answers and correct the false sentences.
Mr. Shamali exposed his humble experience of teaching in different countries like: KSA, Oman. Thailand, Qatar, Jordan, etc
and mixed it with other teachers in a more friendly cooperative learning and teaching atmosphere. He accompanied with the Omani
team from the college. Mr. Suleiman Al Gharibi, Mr. Khalid Al Gharibi and Mr. Abdul Salam Al Mantheri. They showed the
learning system in Ibri College of Technology which utilizes using games on any kinds inside the classrooms to engage and
motivate our students and be more active learners inside and outside the classrooms. Mr. Suleiman showed how using Collocation
games enhances ELC students ability to speak up, write sentences and come up with amazing competences and performances.
Mr. Shamali concluded his training workshop by stressing the keys of using edutainment effectively inside and outside the
classrooms. Games of any kind are best played when they are tied to the language goals, institute curriculums and there are social
interactions among the students .
All the team wowed the audience with the gigantic experience of teaching with using computers and other electronic devices
in the microcosmic classrooms. Teachers of the School from different nationalities( Bahrainis, Saudi, Jordanians, Egyptians,
trophies, learning and teaching system followed in the school, services and other facilities. The School Principal Ms. Jameela
Al Hamed augmented our presence at the school, took us in a very nice round in the school and gave us valuable gifts, and
broachers and books about the school . She is eagerly looking for a more cooperation between the school and our college in the
future for both teachers and students.