Don’t miss historian Bassam Al-Shamaa’s lecture at El-Sawy Culturewheel

Reham El-Adawi , Wednesday 1 Sep 2021

Bassam Al-Shamaa
Bassam Al-Shamaa

American University in Cairo

Fri 3, 9am-Sat 4, 4pm (GMT+2): “The International Language Assessment Conference in Egypt (ILACE)” is offered virtually through a partnership between the British Council and the AUC.
With more than a year into a global pandemic, the world has become a different place. Education and assessment are no exception. Those changes sometimes imposed challenges on educators and the entire educational system, but also many of those challenges have been transformed into great opportunities. Hot issues such as using technology in assessment, high-stakes exams, test designs, and inclusive assessments are gaining more and more interest every day. ILACE 2021 is keen to shine a light on these issues during this year’s conference. ELT practitioners and assessment specialists will discuss and share their expertise in various critical areas: test development and design, online assessment, assessment literacy, artificial intelligence in language assessment, alternative assessment, and learning-oriented assessment. Therefore, teacher professional development, including conferences, must hinge more and more on assessment awareness and expertise to promote and maintain quality learning and teach as expected by all stakeholders involved, including learners, their current and future employers, and others in society. ILACE 2021 seeks to address these areas by inviting proposals that help us bridge the gap between theory and practice, supporting teachers in their assessment literacy and ultimately their ability to enact meaningful, appropriate, and accurate classroom assessments to help students obtain quality learning. Keynote speakers are Thom Kiddle, Director of Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE), UK and Hanan Khalifa, Director of Education Transformation and Impact, Cambridge Assessment: English, UK. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance after the conference.

For full details visit the conference website:


El-Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448

(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)

Word Hall

Sun 5, 6pm: “The Egypt we don’t Know”, the 174rd lecture in a series of rewriting history with historian Bassam Al-Shamaa, member of the Historical Society and the Writers Union. 



Talaat Harb Cultural Centre
Al-Sayyeda Nafissa St, Zeinhom area, Tel 02 2362 2647/ 2362 8174

On Saturdays and Wednesdays of every week at 12noon, a workshop entitled, “Still Life and Portraiture” for learning the basics and principles of drawing under the supervision of Rehab Abdel-Hamid


On Sundays and Fridays of each week at 1pm, an artistic, environmental, and handicraft workshop is held, under the supervision of Mohamed Abdel-Halim, to teach the center’s goers and people of special abilities, handicrafts, art, jewelry, and accessory making. 


On Saturdays at 4pm, a workshop will be held “Discover Your Talents” in the fields of playing music and singing, in cooperation with Awladna Foundation for people with special abilities.

On Mondays of every week at12noon, a number of events are designed by the centre for people with special abilities, including film screenings, computer games, storytelling, and visual arts workshops.


*A version of this article appears in print in the 2 September, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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