Monday, April 16, 2018

Grades [updated 25th April 2018]

EL118: Click here

EL119: Click here

EL121N: Click here

Saturday, April 14, 2018

EL121N Presentation

Click here for the instructions.

Click here for the stories. 

Download the stories (14 in total). Read them all, then decide on the one you would like to talk about. Mention your story preference in the 'comments section' below by writing your full name and ID number

Remember first come, first serve. 

(Last updated: 25th April at 9:00pm)

Note: When you write your preference in the comments section, you will not see it until I approve it so don't be alarmed.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018

Why You Should Buy A Kindle

If you are a book-lover like me, then I strongly recommend you buy a Kindle Paperwhite. A Kindle is an electronic device built specifically for reading. Unlike other tablets, you can look at the screen for hours without hurting your eyes thanks to the e-ink technology in it that makes it similar to reading a physical book. It will change your life, seriously. It's the one item I always have on me (with my wallet and phone). Wherever I go, you will find my Kindle on me.

Some of the reasons that make it such a wonderful device are the following:

+ Device is small, compact and lightweight (perfect for travelling) 
+ Electronic ink display (read for hours without causing eyestrain)
+ Built in light (read comfortably at night)
+ Stores over 1000 books
+ Built in dictionary
+ Supports PDF & DOC formats
+ eBooks are cheaper (lots of free eBooks available online as well)
+ Allows you to highlight your favorite sentences/passages
+ Allows you to write notes on your eBook
+ Long battery life (I charge my device once every month)
+ Reasonably priced (48KD straight to your door with Mr.Babu)

Kindle Paperwhite

Sunday, April 1, 2018

A Photo with a Powerful Message

A Palestinian girl collects her books from the debris after the illegal israeli army destroys her house. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Knowledge VS Thinking [Islamic Perspective]

The speaker in the file below is Nouman Ali Khan (a Muslim public speaker) and in it, he shows us the difference between Knowledge and Thinking according to the Holy Quran. The file is only a minute long but it really is interesting to listen to.

Click here to listen.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Magical Numbers

Have you ever wondered why our numbers look the way they do? See the below. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Crazy Auditory Illusion!

The bizarre illusion you are about to see is called "The McGurk Effect". 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Buying Books Online

So a lot of the times, I recommend or talk about interesting books which cannot be found at any of the local bookstores here in Kuwait.

I personally use the websites below to get books that don't exist in Kuwait:

1. Mr Babu - The great thing about this website is that it has everything! It takes all the books (and everything else) you see on amazon and adds a fee to them for shipping and delivery. Even if it's one book you want, Mr Babu will deliver it straight to your door. It usually takes around two weeks for the books to arrive so this is one website I highly recommend.

2. Jamalon - Another great website for books is Jamalon. Originally located in Jordan, this website offers a wide selection (English and Arabic) and ships books all over the world. Their books are reasonably priced but take longer to arrive.

3. KinoKuniya - Based in Dubai, this is probably one of the biggest bookshops you will ever come across. They have branches all over the world and their Dubai website will deliver books to Kuwait.

4. MaGrudy's - Another one from the UAE, this website has a great selection (English & Arabic) and are reasonably priced as well. They have a lot of the new books and will help you find books that are difficult to find.

5. PageTurner - A humble little website from Kuwait, they have a small selection of books but nevertheless they have all the popular titles. They will probably expand with time and become a more prestigious bookstore.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Use 'Ecosia' instead of 'Google'

'Ecosia' is a search engine equally as amazing as Google but the only difference is that by using 'Ecosia', you're actually helping the company plant trees. You can even check to see how many trees you've planted. Click here to know more.  

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Wonderful Fast-food Poster

I asked my students to design their own poster highlighting the negative effects of fast-food. I received the beautiful poster below by the very talented Lamma Al-Rifaie :)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Read books like these...

If you want to improve your English (or Arabic) and hate using a dictionary like me, then buy books like the below which are translated page by page in English and Arabic. That way if you don't understand a word or a certain idea, you just look at the other page and instantly find the meaning. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

EL121N Sample Quiz

Click here to download the sample quiz.

Our quiz will take place on Tuesday 20th March. 

Please study "The Lottery Ticket" and the "The Unknown Citizen" and all the definitions from my slides (units 1 - 4). 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

EL121N Critical Reading Exercise

If you want to do well on the EL121N Midterm & Quiz, you must know how to critically read and think about a text. I gave you all an exercise to do for homework, please check out the links below.

Notes: Click here 

Answer: Click here

Bonus: Click here to know the difference between "Thinking" & "Critical Thinking"

Friday, March 2, 2018

But I Don't Have Time to Read!!

I cannot tell you how many times I've heard that excuse from my students whenever I tell them to read at home. Some other excuses include:

* I have a job
* I am married
* I have kids

Your job, marital status and children should not come in the way of education and seeking knowledge. 

When people say they don't have time to read, what they really mean is they're not organizing their time properly. If you seriously feel that you have no time to read, you've got your priorities sorted out in the wrong way my friend. 

How is it that we have so much time for other things in life, but when it comes to reading, time suddenly disappears? How much time do we spend on our phones? On Whatsapp? Snapchat? Instagram and other such applications? How much time do we spend on the TV watching mind-numbing shows?

It's time for a change. 

Let me tell you something that has helped me personally. Keep in mind that I have a job, I work from home as well, I'm married, and have two little angels who constantly need attention. Nevertheless, I still find time to read everyday. Yes EVERY day. Here's what I do:

Every day before I go to bed (and after putting the kids to sleep), I read for 15 - 20 minutes. My family now knows that this is my time. I do this EVERY single day without exception. Why is doing this every day important? Because if you include reading into your daily routine, with time it will become a HABIT and habits stick and are usually hard to break.

So pick a quiet time for yourself, it could be early morning when you wake up, sometime in the afternoon or before you go to bed. Give yourself 15 - 20 minutes and read any book of your choice. Do this daily and stick to it. The success of this method lies in your dedication to stick to it on a daily basis. 

Happy reading :) 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Did you know?

Did you know that the world's oldest university and library was created by a Muslim woman? 

Fatima Al-Fihri Al-Quraysh founded a mosque-religious school / college in the 8th century and it's still operational until this very day under "The University of al-Qarawiyyin" in Morocco. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

How We Learn

In schools and universities, they teach us about subjects, but they don't teach us how we actually learn. If you are serious about becoming a better student, teacher, parent or knowledge seeker, I highly recommend the 4 fantastic books below. They will give you a better understanding of how humans understand and acquire knowledge and what really works and what doesn't. These books will turn you into a more effective knowledge seeker and I guarantee will change your life.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

80% off all books!

The underground bookstore in Hawally currently has a crazy sale on all their books. 80% off everything! They have a lot of classics, non fiction titles, tons of kids books, a good collection of educational material and popular titles. Even if you have enough books, just go for the experience, seriously. They will continue selling books until the sell out.

Sat - Wed: 9:00am - 7:00pm 
Thu: 9:00am - 3:00pm 
(closed on Fridays)

Location: Click here
(Right next to the bakala, located in the basement)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Dangers of Sugar

Our theme in Unit 2 (Taste & Nutrition) inspired me to share this video with you all. It's an eye opener (English subtitles available as well). 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

EL121N Course Calendar

Click here to see the calendar.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

EL119: How to upload voice recordings on LMS

On the main EL119 page on LMS, you will see a link to upload your voice notes.

Watch the video below for more specific instructions.

Bonus: How NOT to record your voice notes. [Link]

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

EL118 Login Info

To access the material for EL118, please use the info below. 

Click here to access the website. 

Click to enlarge

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

EL119 Online Practice Class Codes

Please use the codes below to join my class. If you are confused, please come and see me. 

Section 201: C-289-578-0803

Section 202: C-729-313-0877

Section 204: C-985-866-0749

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Welcome AOU students!

On this blog, you'll find a lot of useful information related to the university and your courses. Please feel free to share you ideas, thoughts and questions with me if any should arise. I want to hear from you all!

Wishing you all a productive and fruitful semester.